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Sydney hit by heaviest rainfall in five years


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Sydney hit by heaviest rainfall in five years

Sydney has been hit by its heaviest rainfall in five years, shuttering public transport links and prompting dozens of evacuations.

Several major roads have been closed, some train stations have been flooded, and power reportedly cut to around 300 homes.

The downpour follows days of heavy flooding across New South Wales, the state’s heaviest in nearly four decades.

Rising water levels have cut the central town of Forbes in three and an evacuation order has now been issued.

The nearby Lachlan river is expected to peak at 10.6 metres later on Thursday.

A levee surrounding Forbes is 11 metres high.

Further south in Wagga Wagga, the flooding has eased slightly but hundreds are still unable to return to their homes.

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