Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Flood evacuations still in place
Residents in several areas across Sydney are still unable to return to their homes due to flooding caused by torrential rain over the weekend.
Evacuation orders are still in place for Moorebank, Pitt Town Bottoms, Richmond Lowlands, and low-lying areas near the Georges River.
The NSW State Emergency Services (SES), which has attended 12,000 jobs across the state since Wednesday night, said it was still not safe for residents to return to those areas.
“Floodwater can be deceptive, it can be fast-flowing and it can contain debris and sewerage and other nasty things,” said SES spokesperson Ilana Penderose.
Power outages could last days
Ausgrid is warning residents across Sydney’s north and the Central Coast they might not have their power restored until the end of the week.
Around 59,000 homes and businesses remain in the dark after the weekend’s wild storm and flash flooding.
Endeavour Energy Peter Payne said about 5,000 residents across western Sydney and the Blue Mountains were also without power.
“Our crews have to battle conditions like everyone else and in some areas we still have localised flooding and bridges and ferries that are closed and which are hampering access to the parts of the network that need to be repaired,” he said.
Trailbike rider dies
A trailbike rider has died after coming off his bike at a reserve in Blacktown, in Sydney’s west.
The 23-year-old rider struck a guard rail before falling from the bike yesterday afternoon. Despite attempts to revive him, he died at the scene.
A man who attended the scene suffered a cardiac arrest and shock, and was treated there before being taken to hospital. His condition could not be confirmed.
A report is being prepared for the coroner.
Funeral for Veronique Sakr
A funeral will be held this morning for Veronique Sakr who was killed with her three cousins by an alleged drunk driver in Oatlands in Sydney’s west.
The service will be held at the 11-year-old’s school, Santa Sabina College at Strathfield, at 11:00am.
It follows the funeral of Antony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna, 8, who were farewelled in an emotional ceremony yesterday at Harris Park.
The children were killed when a vehicle mounted a curb and struck them while they were walking to get ice cream earlier this month.
Shower or two. Medium chance of showers in the afternoon and evening.