The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of wild weather for the state’s east coast today as many towns remain on alert for flooding.
Meteorologist Miriam Bradbury said NSW will continue to see showers throughout today which could exacerbate flooding.
“All of eastern NSW is expected showers and isolated storms but much more isolated than the last couple of days with lower rainfall totals,” she said.
“There is a risk of severe storms extending south from the Mid North Coast down towards the lower Hunter and touching parts of the Blue Mountains.
“In those areas, sort of a thin strip along the eastern parts of NSW, we could see further flash flooding, as well as damaging winds and large hail.”
Bradbury said catchments in the west and north-east of the state are already saturated which means flooding will continue today.
Flood rescues rise as north-west inundated by water
The flood emergency has kept authorities busy with 56 flood rescues carried out in the past 24 hours by the NSW State Emergency Service.
The SES received 745 calls for help.
In the state’s west, Gunnedah is one of the main areas of concern as the Namoi River was expected to peak at more than eight metres overnight.
“Residents have been door knocked and are prepared with more than 1000 sandbags being issued,” NSW SES said.
BoM said this is higher than flooding seen over previous weeks as the north-east battles through ongoing warnings.
“An earlier flood peak moving downstream along the Namoi River peaked early Thursday morning at Wee Waa, where major flooding is likely to continue into next week,” the bureau said.
“Further downstream, moderate flooding is occurring at Bugilbone and likely at Goangra from Monday.”
NSW SES said Wee Waa is currently cut off by floodwaters and will remain so for several days.
A severe weather warning for the Northern Rivers region has been cancelled but minor flooding is still possible in low-lying areas.
Brisbane residents told to collect sandbags
Meanwhile in Queensland, Brisbane residents are still being urged to collect sandbags this weekend as the flood risk continues despite the heavy downpour that hit the state on Thursday ending.
The deluge flooded roads, trapped drivers and knocked out power for hundreds of people.
Bureau of Meteorologist (BoM) forecaster Kimba Wong said on Friday while the rainfall was “phenomenal”, the flood threat is not over as water levels are expected to continue rising over the coming days.
“Obviously the rainfall has now eased but the flood impacts will continue for the next couple of days,” Wong said.
Drivers ignore repeated warnings to steer clear of floodwaters