There are four Sydney roads closed due to flooding in the north-west and northern beaches:
- Pitt Town Road in Pitt Town between Schofield Road and Glebe Road;
- McClymonts Road at Cattai Creek in Maraylya;
- Blue Gum Road at Blue Gum Creek in Annangrove; and
- Wakehurst Parkway in Oxford Falls at Dreadnought Road
The NSW State Emergency Service said it had received more than 1200 calls for assistance across the state since Thursday, including more than 400 since 6.30pm, with most people seeking help with leaking roofs and requesting sandbags due to the heavy rainfall.
There have been four flood rescues in metropolitan Sydney among more than 230 calls for assistance, a NSW SES spokesman said.
He said flash-flooding was a “very big risk” and urged motorists to “reassess the need to be on the roads”.
Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said anyone considering entering floodwaters to “think again”.
“You wouldn’t walk into a bushfire so why anybody would drive through floodwaters … is beyond me,” he told radio station 2GB. “This is not going to be the weekend to take risks.”
Damaging winds with gusts over 90 km/h are likely to develop along the coastal fringe on Friday, the weather bureau forecasts, as the low develops in the Mid North Coast, with the area of impact moving south by the evening.
The deluge sweeping down the coast brought falls of 288 millimetres since 9am on Thursday in Seven Oaks on the Macleay River in northern NSW.
The bureau predicts flooding will affect several rivers along the NSW coast from Coffs Harbour down to southern Sydney.
There is also a hazardous surf warning for the Coffs, Macquarie and Hunter coasts for Friday.
If you require assistance, call the State Emergency Service on 132 500.
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Josh Dye is a news reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald.