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Extensive localised flooding hits the northern suburbs of Sydney

Published: 7th February 2010

Saturday 6 February was a day of torrential rain across the Sydney suburbs. The northern suburbs in particular were heavily impacted with numerous reports of flash flooding, cars trapped and house inundated by storm water flooding. The worst impacts were reported from about 5.30pm on Saturday and continued throughout the night until Sunday morning. In just a three hour period, the NSW Fire Brigades received over three hundred calls for assistance and at one stage twenty fire rescue crews were deployed through the northern suburbs assisting with sandbagging, minor motor vehicle accidents, animal rescue, blocked drains, leaking roofs, concerns for electrical safety and salvage operations. The most heavily impacted suburbs were from the northern beaches across to St Ives and Pymble up through Hornsby and across to the Hills District. At 9.45pm Castle Hill fire rescue crew were called to a nursing home in Hinemoa Ave, Normanhurst when nursing staff reported that there was extensive flooding to the ground floor of the nursing home. Eleven high dependency residents had to be evacuated and together with SES, extensive sandbagging was performed to prevent additional damage to the nursing home.