Greater Sydney's rain-ravaged communities are facing some of the region's worst flooding in 18 months, as wild weather continues to pound the state from the Hunter region down to the Illawarra, south of Sydney.
The federal emergency management minister Murray Watt says the federal government has committed more defence force support following a request overnight from the NSW government.
Two ADF night-time helicopters and an additional 100 troops will be deployed on Monday to assist during the emergency, totalling 200 defence personnel.
There were already 100 ADF troops assisting in northwest Sydney.
Senator Watt warned the latest flood event could be the worst in the past 18 months.
"The latest information we have is that there's a very good chance that the flooding will be worse than any of the other three floods that those areas had in the last 18 months," he said.
"The other worrying aspect to this is that there are areas that haven't flooded before in the region in the last 18 months or so, which could well flood this time."
- with Australian Associated Press
Digital journalist for ACM's regional titles. Before this role, I was the digital specialist with ACM's Agricultural division and prior to that chief of staff at The Land, where I started as a journalist in 2006.
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