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NSW driver missing after car swept onto flooded causeway, number of flood warnings across states

New South Wales police are searching for the driver near Mudgee after his car was swept off a flooded causeway in the midwest of the state.

More than a dozen flood warnings have been issued in multiple states after a complex low pressure system swept eastwards, ravaging the country with heavy rains and strong winds.

Police confirmed they were summoned to Macdonald Creek near Lower Piambon Road in Elderjere last night after receiving reports that a vehicle had been swept onto a causeway.

A search was launched and officers found and located the vehicle submerged in the waterway.

“It’s unclear if anyone was in the car,” police said.

“Police and emergency services will continue operations this morning (Friday, August 5, 2022) to access the vehicle.”

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said 50 to 99mm of rain had fallen in parts of NSW since 9am yesterday.

With more than a dozen flood warnings in place in New South Wales, drivers should be vigilant.

“People are encouraged to keep an eye out for warnings,” BoM said.

“Parts of the southeast may still experience strong winds.”

A series of devastating storms swept eastward from Monday, wreaking havoc across southern Australia.

Several states are recording significant rainfall after a series of devastating cold fronts. (BoM)

Yesterday it was NSW’s turn to harden their hatches as a heavy rain band rolled in to the east.

Heavy rains lashed the state’s snowfields, turning powdery snow into sludge and turning once-quiet streams into raging rivers.

Close to Australia’s largest, second highest and most popular ski area, Perisher Creek abounds on its banks.

Heavy rains hit the New South Wales Alps, causing Perisher Creek to burst its levee.
Heavy rains hit the New South Wales Alps, causing Perisher Creek to burst its levee. (Steve Smith / Weatherzone)

Thredbo received 63.8 mm of rain by 9 am yesterday, with an additional 47.6 mm between 9 am and 4 pm.

A popular ski resort was forced to close its lifts over safety concerns.

High totals were also seen in Perisher.

By 9:00 a.m., it had decreased by up to 64 mm, with a further 53.8 mm recorded between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s senior meteorologist Jonathan Howe said conditions will begin to “easing” today, but showers will continue over much of the southeast over the weekend.

“We can see a cold front pushing into the Tasman Sea,” he said.

“However, northeast New South Wales and southern Queensland will experience showers and rain showers.

“Many valleys across the southeast maintain their cold, stormy and showery conditions”.

More snow is expected in alpine regions starting today, which could repair some of the rain damage.

A travel warning has been issued due to heavy fog covering Brisbane this morning.

‘River City’ awakens to a whiteout as fog engulfs the city

NSW driver missing after car swept onto flooded causeway, number of flood warnings across states

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