Travel Chaos As Sydney Hit By Flash Floods

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Travel Chaos As Sydney Hit By Flash Floods

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Sydney has been hit by a severe storm that has closed roads and light rail lines and threatened to cause delays at the city's airport.

The Bureau of Metereology warned of flash flooding and damaging winds in suburbs near the airport, including Botany, Maroubra and Randwick.

In the west, Penrith, Parramatta and Campbelltown also experienced the full force of the storm, as did Wollongong and Port Kembla south of Sydney.

Sydney city streets were awash with pedestrians battling to cross flooded intersections in ankle-deep water.

Sydney Airport was operating as normal with no flights cancelled, but travellers were told to expect delays and check with their airlines.

The airport received 26mm of rain in just one hour from about 10am.

Light rail services have been cancelled between Dulwich Hill and Central due to flooding.

Motorists travelling across the Anzac Bridge were also experiencing major delays due to soaked roads.

About noon, only one westbound lane was open approaching Victoria Road and City West Link.

Flooding also affected a number of other roads in the western suburbs, including parts of Parramatta Road and James Ruse Drive.

At least two murder trials were suspended at the NSW Supreme Court when the King Street building was evacuated, as water streamed down internal stairs.

The southwestern suburb of Canterbury received 30mm of rain in 30 minutes.

The following roads are affected:

  • Anzac Bridge - Four out of Five westbound lanes closed, eastbound traffic also heavy.  
  • North Parramatta - Westbound traffic affected on James Ruse Drive near Pennant Hills Road.
  • West Ryde: Citybound traffic on Victoria Road near Mellor Street. 
  • Paddington - Eastbound traffic affected on Moore Park road near Oatley Road.
  • Leichhardt - Traffic both ways on Parramatta Road at Flood Street.
  • Constitution Hill - One of three southbound lanes closed on Cumberland Highway near Old Windsor Road.
  • Moore Park -  Eastern Distributor eastbound off ramp to Bondi/Randwick Exit closed. 
  • Kensington - Traffic both directions on Anzac Parade near Todman Avenue.

Traffic lights are also blacked out in various locations. 

Public transport is also being affected by flooding, including:

  • Light Rail - There is no service between Central and Convention and between Lewisham and Dulwich Hill. Buses are being organised but are yet to arrive. 
  • Sydney Trains -  T2 Inner West Line trains towards the city are not stopping at Lewisham Station.
  • Sydney Buses -  There are delays across Sydney, the worst delays are up to 90 minutes through Neutral Bay.

Motorists are advised to slow down, exercise caution and follow the directions of emergency services and traffic crews.

Additionally, buses across Sydney are also experiencing delays due to heavy traffic and the wet weather.

Light Rail is also not operating between Central and Dulwich Hill due to flooding at various locations along the line. 

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