Sydney, Oct. 10 (IANS) Despite a temporary break from days of heavy rain in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW), local officials and meteorologists cautioned on Monday that more severe weather is expected in the coming days.
Steph Cooke, minister of NSW Emergency Services, stated, “My message is please don’t be fooled.
We might see a brief respite, but by the end of the week, we’ll be into more challenging weather.
Dean Narramore, a meteorologist from Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), warned local media that the end of the rain on Monday did not herald the end of flooding, according to Xinhua.
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The expert warned that starting Wednesday, “NSW could brace for widespread rains of up to 100 mm, which might cause moderate or possibly significant riverine flooding.”
In NSW, there are still more than 100 flood warnings in effect, and since October 7 the State Emergency Service (SES) has responded to more than 1,000 calls for assistance and 44 water rescues.
Landowners and farmers are urged to prepare ahead of time and report any flood damage.
According to NSW Farmers President Xavier Martin, even after the rain stopped, there was still a risk of flooding, which may impact people, animals, crops, pastures, roads, and railroad lines.
This summer, as the full impact of a third straight La Nina was felt, he warned people to exercise additional caution.
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