New South Wales gets severe weather respite but flood risk remains with rain prospect to return | New South Wales

New South Wales has had a temporary respite from severe weather that hit parts of the state over the weekend, but the risk of flooding remains before further rain this week.

The Bureau of Meteorology said Monday that there was no longer severe weather in NSW and ACT, but while the immediate threat was over, the situation was still being monitored.

Flood warnings remain active in several areas as rain over the weekend added to saturated catchments and already high rivers.

The town of Bundarra in the Northern Tablelands recorded 87 mm of rain in six hours on Sunday, while an overnight soak delivered 76 mm to Redoak and 63 mm to Wauchope early Monday morning.

The Upper Hunter River is expected to have some minor flooding as it moves through Aberdeen and Muswellbrook, while Macintyre and Severn Rivers also flooded Monday morning at Inverell and Ashford.

Large parts of Australia are preparing for more wet and stormy weather amid floods - video
Large parts of Australia are preparing for more wet and stormy weather amid floods – video

Rain caused significant river rises along the Gwydir River, which BOM says could supply moderate flooding to Gravesend on Monday night.

The Tamworths Peel River rose rapidly Monday morning, causing moderate flooding, while the Castlereagh River reached moderate flooding at Mendooran, northeast of Dubbo.

Warnings of strong winds and dangerous surfing are also in place on the Macquarie and Hunter coasts.

The low-pressure system that led to storms over the weekend is expected to weaken on Monday, but another low point is expected to move across the state on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing more rain.

The harsh wet weather has already contributed to the death of a woman in a national park and the dramatic rescue of two boys swept away by floods over the weekend.

A woman believed to be in her 30s died after a tree branch fell on her while walking on a bushwalk in Watagan National Park in Cooranbong, north of Sydney, around 6.30pm on Sunday.

The tragedy came the day after an NSW police officer rescued two boys from a flooded river.

Emergency services were called to the Lachlan River in Condobolin on Saturday after two 11-year-old boys jumped in before the police officer swam out to them with a buoyancy aid.

They were swept 60m away by the fast-moving current, exacerbated by the floods.

Residents of Forbes in the central west of the state were evacuated over the weekend as farmers in the surrounding areas count the cost of lost crops.

Sunday night, the state emergency service issued a partial rescue for some Forbes residents to return home as major flooding subsided on the Lachlan River, but moderate flooding continues in low-lying areas.

SES advised residents and businesses to keep preparations in place, however, as more rain is expected that could contribute to increased flooding and flooding in the coming week.

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