KEY FACTS AND FIGURES FROM THE NSW RAIN EMERGENCY
* About 18,230 people have been told to evacuate
* NSW is on alert with more rain due to hit the state
* 150 flood rescues overnight to early Monday
* 2000 calls for help, taking the weekend total to more than 10,000
* About 200 schools closed
* Rain not expected to ease until Wednesday.
* 15,000 people ordered to evacuate low-lying areas including Macksville, Port Macquarie, Lower Macleay, Kempsey CBD
* Communities facing the worst flooding in almost a century
* Another 100mm of rainfall expected before Wednesday
* The Macleay and Hastings rivers overflowing in many areas.
* More rain is on the way and the danger is not over
* Major flooding is occurring at Bulga in the Hunter Valley
* Minor flooding may occur in the Lower Hunter from Tuesday morning.
WESTERN, SOUTHERN AND NORTHERN SYDNEY:
* 3000 evacuated from communities along the Hawkesbury River amid the worst flooding since 1961, with the river expected to peak around 15m on Monday night
* Another 50-100mm of rainfall expected before Wednesday
* Major risks remain for residents west of the city
* Evacuation order in some low-lying properties due to rising floodwater
* Major flooding occurring along the Hawkesbury River which has risen to 13.11m
* The Nepean River peaked near Penrith overnight at just over 10m, forcing evacuations
* Towns affected included Windsor, Pitt Town, North Richmond, Freemans Reach and Colo
* Fears up to 54,000 people could be displaced.
* Parts of western NSW could receive a season’s worth of rain as another system moves in from the south
* The Macquarie River levels have peaked at Bathurst, with minor flooding continuing.
ILLAWARRA AND SOUTH COAST:
* Two flood watch alerts in place for the Shoalhaven and Bega rivers and St Georges Basin
* 100-300mm of rainfall expected to fall in parts in coming days
* The federal government’s natural disaster arrangements activated for 38 local government areas across NSW, with those affected eligible to claim $1000 per adult and $400 per child
* The Australian Defence Force will provide two search and rescue helicopters out of the NSW south coast for 24 hour operations during Tuesday
* Other states, including South Australia, sending emergency service personnel to help
* Flood victims eligible for free advice from the Disaster Response Legal Service as they recover from the devastating rains over the weekend
* Almost a quarter of a million dollars raised on GoFundMe, including more than $100,000 for a Taree couple whose home washed away on their wedding day.