Somewhere before 8am on another damp morning Sydney recorded the average annual rainfall over the festive period of just four months.

A man washed away by the waters in the city’s north west was rescued by rescue workers, media reported, as televised images showed vehicles scrambling to cross flooded roads, downed power lines and trees, and riverine rubble.

Residents have been evacuated from a nursing home through the night as emergency crews urged Sydney’s 5 million people to avoid unnecessary journeys and prepare for possible evacuation orders.

THE spillage of oil from a fuel pit on an Ampol site in Sydney’s south was causing it to mix with floods but response workers said the leakage was contained and there was no risk to the area.

Sydney has received 1.293.8mm (91.5in) of rain so far this year, higher than the average yearly rainfall of 1.212mm (46.7in).

Tourist hotspot Bondi recorded 170mm during the 24 hours ending at 2300 GMT on Thursday, according to official data.

Annual average rainfall in Greater Sydney has even fallen by 9 per cent over the past 30 years, with the major increase being due to drier periods in late winter and spring, Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO data showed.

Australia’s east coast summer for the second consecutive year has been dominated by La Nina weather, typically associated with increased rainfall that has left the rivers overcrowded.

2021 Eastern Australia floods

Extreme rainfall on the east coast of Australia beginning on 18 March 2021 led to widespread flooding in New South Wales, (wikipedia)