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Severe weather warning for Sydney as rising floodwaters trigger South Coast evacuations

The wintry blast also brought snow to the Blue Mountains with Blackheath scoring a light dusting.

On Sunday night the State Emergency Service (SES) ordered some residents in Terara, East Nowra, Worrigee and North Nowra to evacuate as the Shoalhaven River rises.

“Properties in these areas are likely to become inundated by flood water. If you remain in the area after 10pm, you may be trapped and it may be too dangerous for SES to rescue you,” the SES website said.

Shoalhaven Zoo is among the properties at risk of flooding.

Late on Sunday afternoon, residents in Moruya and Sussex Inlet on the South Coast were also ordered to evacuate by the SES after rising floodwaters threatened the towns following a deluge of rain.

Floodwaters are rising along the Moruya River which is expected to reach moderate flood levels and peak at 9pm on Sunday, the bureau said.

Residents in low-lying areas of the town – located between Batemans Bay and Narooma – were directed to move to higher ground by 5pm because they were at risk of becoming stranded.

“Further heavy rain is forecast which may result in increased water heights and flooding above floor levels,” the SES said.

NSW SES flood rescuers retrieve two horses from floodwaters at Bungendore near Canberra on Sunday.

NSW SES flood rescuers retrieve two horses from floodwaters at Bungendore near Canberra on Sunday.Credit:NSW SES

Bureau weather stations inland from Moruya recorded up to 181 millimetres of rain in the 24-hour period to 9am on Sunday.

A major flood warning is in place for the Deua River at Wamban. That river, which flows into the Moruya River, is at eight metres and rising.

Moruya was forecast to receive another 140 millimetres of rain on Sunday.

A man died at Point Hut in the ACT on Sunday afternoon after he became trapped under a bridge while kayaking.

He was with a group paddling the Murrumbidgee River south of Canberra.

Meanwhile, Sydney is expected to be windy and wet again on Monday after a soggy weekend.

On Monday the bureau expects up to 10 millimetres and southerly winds up to 45km/h. The forecast top is a chilly 15 degrees.

Sydney faces a deluge of rain on Sunday evening.

Sydney faces a deluge of rain on Sunday evening. Credit:Bureau of Meteorology

The rain will clear during the week with Thursday tipped to reach a sunny 22 degrees, before another wet weekend with up to 25 millimetres of rain on Saturday and up to 15 millimetres on Sunday.

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