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Australia Flood Threat Moves North As Sydney Area Emergency Eases

Evacuation orders and official warnings to abandon homes were given to 60,000 people Thursday — down from 85,000 —in the New South Wales province.

Australia Flood Threat Moves North As Sydney Area Emergency Eases
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Floodwaters were receding in Sydney and its surrounding area Thursday as heavy rain threatened to inundate towns north of Australia’s largest city.

Evacuation orders and official warnings to prepare to abandon homes were given to 60,000 people by Thursday, down from 85,000 on Wednesday, New South Wales state Premier Dominic Perrottet said.

But towns including Maitland and Singleton in the Hunter Valley, north of Sydney, were still threatened by inundation, Perrottet said.

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Around 50 rescues were made in the past 24 hours, several of which involved people stranded in cars in floodwaters, he said.

Emergency Services Minister Steph Cooke said record-breaking rain that began around Sydney on Friday last week was easing.

“It is very pleasing to see that the weather situation is starting to ease after almost a week of relentless rain,” she said.

The weather system that had brought heavy rain to a vast swath of New South Wales was moving further from the coast out to sea north of Sydney, Bureau of Meteorology manager Diana Eadie said.

Bulga, a town about 110 miles north of Sydney by road, experienced its highest flood level since 1952, she said.

Taree, some 200 miles north of Sydney by road, was drenched by 12 inches of rain overnight — almost a third of the town’s annual rainfall average, Eadie said.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.