Wild Week On Sydney Roads

From April 21 and the week that followed, storm damage, flooding, closed roads.

The media have dubbed the past week’s conditions in Sydney the “storm of the century” while seemingly hyperbolic is something Sydney may have to get used to as climate change begins to take its toll on Australia and make itself more evident. (http://theconversation.com/explainer-was-the-sydney-storm-once-in-a-century-40824 ) The conversation has explained “Sydney can expect similar rainfalls not once-in-a-century, but once every three years.” This is a startling revelation as this storm had inflicted so much damage over the past days to countless properties from Wollongong to Newcastle and further out west such as areas in Dungog. Dungog was undoubtable one of the worst off towns having lost three people to the storm, and various homes washed away.

Five people were also killed during the week blamed on the storm “Two people were also killed on the New Eng¬land Highway” , “a man died after his ute and a garbage truck collided at Galston, and an 87-year-old pedestrian died after being hit by a car in East Gosford.”, death of “an 86-year-old woman near Maitland after she became trapped in her car in floodwaters off the ¬Cessnock Rd causeway.” (http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/deadly-superstorm-death-toll-rises-to-at-least-eight/story-fni0cx12-1227316187535) As a result of the storm 12 areas from Newcastle to Sydney declared natural disaster zones by Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan and NSW Emergency Services Minister David Elliott. Also more than 225,000 homes and businesses were without power, some suburbs faced five days without power, and a other places have had over 7 days without power still. It is always needed that you remain safe on the roads of Sydney and when a storm like this appears you should avoid the roads altogether.