About 18,000 Australians are exhausted from flooding across New South Wales (NSW) as serious rain continues to batter the geographical region.
Days of torrential downpours have caused rivers and dams to overflow around Sydney – the metropolis – and in south-east Australian state.
Officials say the “one-in-a 50-year event” could continue all week and have urged the general public to exercise caution.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has offered funds for those forced to escape.
“It’s another testing time for our country,” he told Sydney station 2GB on Monday.
There has been widespread injury within the affected areas, that are home to a couple of third of Australia’s twenty five million individuals.
Emergency services have conducted at least 500 rescues, including winching people from cars. One stranded family was lifted from their flooded home by a helicopter.
Responders also saved a family with an infant from flooding in their home in Sydney’s west.