“We know this is having a real impact on people. We want to make sure the supports are available as soon as possible.”
Mr Albanese praised the NSW premier for his work throughout the crisis, saying he was pleased the federal government and state government were working together.
“People want governments to work together in the interests of the population, not to engage in politics.”
Crisis far from over, premier says
The premier said the orders were affecting around 85,000 people across NSW, up from 50,000 on Tuesday.
NSW residents are bracing for more heavy rain and flooding as dangerous downpours continue throughout the day. Source: AAP / JEREMY PIPER/AAPIMAGE
He said the government was “completely focused” on keeping people safe and providing support.
It’s the fourth time in as little as 18 months that some parts of NSW have been hit with flooding. However, the government has yet to declare the natural disaster a “national emergency”.
NSW flood threat remains as rain moves north
Minister for Emergency Management Murray Watt said the declaration had not been made due to the disaster not having reached a high enough threshold.
Members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) prepare sandbags for residents in Windsor, northwest of Sydney. Source: AAP / BIANCA DE MARCHI
Parts of NSW’s Mid-North Coast are expected to be hit by the same weather system on Wednesday that led to the flooding in Sydney.
SES deputy commissioner Ashley Sullivan says the danger for flooded communities continues and river levels will stay high for some time, prompting fears of landslips.
Authorities remain focused on the Hawkesbury-Nepean where the river levels reached heights not seen for decades.
Some properties have been isolated for days and infrastructure such as roads, power, water, and telecommunications are damaged.