Sydney's heaviest rain in 30 years puts out wildfires burning for months

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Farmers welcomed the rain, but said the water would not go deep enough to end three years of drought.

"We're looking at the potential for flash flooding, overland flooding and river rises".

"Moisture-laden Tasman Sea air and an upper level low pressure system combining to produce torrential rain (etc.) over parts of the NSW coast and ranges", forecaster Andrew Miskelly said.

Flood evacuation warnings have been ordered for parts of the Conjola region, authorities said, where deadly fires razed dozens of homes on New Year's Eve.

"There are now hundreds of calls for assistance, including trees, boulders or power poles down onto cars and homes, and across roads, as well as power outages and localized flooding impacting various roads and traffic lights".

A resident inspects sea foam brought by waves approaching on beach front houses after heavy rain and storms at Collaroy in Sydney's Northern Beaches, Monday, February 10, 2020.

Rain or freezing rain hit the state this the morning and will remain through the night. They include the Gospers Mountain fire in the Hawkesbury, the Currowan fire in the Shoalhaven, the Green Wattle Creek fire in Wollondilly, the Myall Creek Road fire (Richmond Valley), the Erskine Creek fire (Blue Mountains), the Kerry Ridge fire (Muswellbrook) and the Morton fire (Wingecarribee).

Since Friday, Australia's largest city, Sydney, has received 391.6mm of rain - the equivalent of a four month total, said the Bureau of Meteorology.


Water from the Georges River was inundating Milperra and Liverpool in western Sydney in the early hours of Monday, the NSW State Emergency Service said.

The five fires that are still burning out of control are all in the Bega Valley and Snowy Valley area in the state's south.

Another positive is that the Warragamba Dam which supplies around 80 percent of Sydney's drinking water has risen from 43 percent capacity to 62 percent.

Rain, lots of it, has descended upon parts of New South Wales and Queensland causing flooding and a slew of road closures.

The drought has contributed to a horrific fire season that has killed 33 people and an estimated 1 billion native animals, destroyed more than 2,500 homes and burned more than 11.7 million hectares (28 million acres) of land since September.

NSW Rural Service spokeswoman Angela Burford told the BBC the rain is "that constant, steady, decent rainfall that we've been praying for for so long".

"We can still expect the odd, hot, dry and windy day but it's going to be on top of a landscape that is considerably different than where we were only a matter of weeks ago", Mr Fitzsimmons told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Police and military sources told Reuters they had killed 32-year-old Jakrapanth Thomma on Sunday morning, a few hours after a failed raid on the Terminal 21 mall in Nakhon Ratchasima left one member of the security forces dead and two injured.The heavy rainfall across NSW and Victoria state on February 7 was something of a welcome surprise after the Bureau of Meteorology's three-month forecast issued in January forecast continued high temperatures and little rainfall.

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