Major flooding expected along the Hawkesbury River in western Sydney on Monday, as well as the Macleay River at Kempsey and Smithtown, and the Hastings River. Meanwhile, on the Gold Coast, flood warnings are in place for low-lying areas. Follow the latest updates
• NSW pounded by rain as residents along Hawkesbury brace for worst flooding in 50 years
• ‘Never seen anything like it’: locals watch helplessly as floodwaters rise across New South Wales
ABC Rural Reporter Warwick Long put a call out asking people how much rain they’ve had and some of the answers are astounding.
A property at King Creek on the Mid North Coast has received 664mm since Thursday. That’s more than the half average annual rainfall in just four days, and wetter than the previous record for March, which was 533.6mm in 2016.
664mms since Thursday at King Creek on Mid North Coast.
There are more than 20 evacuation orders in place in NSW and 200 schools are closed as the state braces for further flooding today – including potentially the worst flooding event on Sydney’s outer northwest fringe since 1961.