FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Historic flooding is occurring in the eastern Australia.
— AccuWeather (@accuweather) March 22, 2021
New South Wales home is home to Sydney and the province is experiencing some of the worst flooding in the country.
— 5 News Australia (@5NewsAustralia) March 21, 2021
Sunday was Sydney's wettest day of the year, when 4.4 inches of rain fell.
In the last 6 days, almost 35 inches of rain fell over north coast regions.
That's more than 3 times higher than the normal March total rain.
Phenomenal rainfall figures continue to come out of #NSW, and some locations have recorded double to triple their March average.
Since Thursday morning, Comboyne on the Mid North Coast has recorded 889mm, the highest so far.
📷 of Camden Head by Lee Hartshorne pic.twitter.com/zhUybyK3mg
— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) March 22, 2021
Over 18,000 people have been evacuated so far, but emergency officials believe up to 54 thousand people may need to evacuate before the water recedes.
Forecasters expect the wet conditions to last into the middle of the week.
It may have been going for days but unfortunately this situation is far from over. This map shows #Flood Watch & #Warning zones with rain radars overlaid. You can see rain still falling in flood areas, with more forecast for coming days https://t.co/n6uSzt271E@NSWSES @nswpolice pic.twitter.com/oXD9pWq4UI
— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) March 22, 2021
The last time the area saw historic flooding similar to this flood was in 1961.
MAJOR FLOODING HIGHER THAN THE 1961 EVENT EXPECTED ALONG THE HAWKESBURY RIVER
Major flooding is occurring along the Hawkesbury River at North Richmond where the river level is rising. Flooding is likely to be higher than any floods since Nov 1961. https://t.co/k27HxGqmMG
— NSW SES (@NSWSES) March 21, 2021
If damage from the torrential rainfall wasn't bad enough, residents are also dealing with spiders and snakes trying to evade the flood waters.