Mass clean-up underway after wild weather hits Sydney
14 February, 2020
Crews have been working around the clock to get Sydney’s roads and public transport operating as normal after extreme weather including torrential downpours and strong winds which affected NSW over the weekend.
The storms caused one of the busiest periods Transport for NSW has ever had and all hands were on deck to get Sydney’s transport network operational and keep customers moving.
On the roads, over 50 teams were working on a 24 hour rotation, responding to incidents on the network, repairing damaged roads, managing traffic, removing unprecedented number of fallen trees and debris, clearing drains and attending to localised flooding incidents.
At its peak on Sunday there were over 120 sets of lights out, and flooding at North Richmond, Cattai, Yarramundi and Windsor bridges as well as Canal Road at St Peters and City West Link at Haberfield from king tides. Localised flooding occurred on the Cahill Expressway. Plus there was an increase of 92 per cent in the number of incidents which were responded to.
Heavy rain and strong winds also caused extensive damage on the railways at a number of locations which continues to cause major disruptions across the network.
Landslides were experienced at Artarmon and Pymble on the North Shore Line, and major landslips at Leura and Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains.
Fallen trees and power poles impacted services in a number of locations including Artarmon, Thornleigh and Epping.
Recovery crews were working hard in difficult conditions to repair damage and restore services as quickly as possible.
On Sydney Harbour tonnes of rubbish are being cleared from as a result of hazardous winds and massive tides.
Over the weekend the environmental clean-up vessels collected over 100 navigational hazards, mainly between Rydalmere wharf and Parramatta River. Most were large logs and tree trunks, with some up to seven metres long.
With the large amounts of floating debris, the vessels filled up in record time which means repeated trips to clear the rubbish during massive tidal flows.
As water recedes pavement damage is expect to be seen which crews have been attending to on a priority basis across the week as rain eases.
Transport for NSW is continuing to monitor the situation closely with further rain and storms on the forecast. Customers should stay up to date with the latest on transportnsw.info, and livetraffic.com.
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