Torrential rain and high winds cause traffic chaos on northern beaches


Source Manly Daily

Flooded northbound lanes on the Roseville Bridge this morning.

Flooded northbound lanes on the Roseville Bridge this morning.

Torrential rain and high winds cause traffic chaos on northern beaches

Torrential rain lashed the northern beaches today causing flash flooding and havoc with morning peak hour traffic.

Authorities also monitored Manly and Narrabeen lagoons in case of overflow flooding into nearby streets and reserves.

Two northbound lanes on the Roseville Bridge were closed for several hours due to overflowing stormwater drains.

A southbound lane on Warringah Rd at Killarney Heights, on the approach to the bridge, was blocked due to a fallen tree causing significant delays for city-bound traffic.

State Emergency Service crews were involved in two flood rescues.

A car was trapped while trying to cross the flood swollen weir across Oxford Falls Rd at 8.30am, before the road was closed.

Three people had to be helped from a car caught in overflowing stormwater runoff in Winbourne Ave, Brookvale at 7.30am.

SES crews on the northern beaches attented 57 calls or help by 4pm, incluinding putting tarpulins on leaking roofs and clearing away fallen branches.

Oxford Falls Rd is still closed between Wakehurst Parkway and Avoona Rd at Oxford Falls.

An accident at Forest Way, near Naree Rd sparked major delays at Frenchs Forest.

Traffic over The Spit Bridge was also affected by a broken down bus on Spit Rd, near Parriwi Rd.

There is a still a severe weather warning in place for damaging winds gusting to 90km/h.

The Weather Bureau predicted that more than 100mm of rain could sweep across the northern beaches today.

A picture submitted to the Northern Beaches SES facebook page by a resident living near Narrabeen Lagoon.

Emergency authorities are warning that the worst of the wild winds are set to hit the peninsula early this evening with average speeds reaching about 70km/h.

A gale warning is in place for coastal areas, Sydney Harbour and Pittwater.

Wind gusts up to 69 km/h were recorded at Terrey Hills this morning.

At 2pm traffic on Wakehurst Parkway was disrputed after a fell across the southbound lane, near the intersection with Elanora Rd.

Northern Beaches Council kept watch on the openings of both the Narrabeen and Manly lagoons.

Council said that Manly Lagoon has had its flood channel prepared and is ready to open if the water level rises.

The Manly Dam water level is well below its normal operating level so there should not be any overtopping.


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