NSW South Coast residents warned flash flooding will get worse

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Residents on the New South Wales South Coast hit by flash flooding have been warned conditions will get even worse over the weekend.

Wild weather in the region is being caused by a complex coastal trough, and the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says the deluge will continue into Sunday.

The SES has already received at least 200 calls for help, with several vehicles getting trapped in floodwaters on Saturday.

There was a downpour of 204 millimetres at Nowra, where three women had to be rescued from a submerged car.

Nearby Foxground copped 159 millimetres, while Port Kembla recorded 106 millimetres of rain.

Two men manoeuvre a yellow inflatable dinghy near a car in floodwaters.
SES volunteers take an inflatable boat to a car stranded in floodwaters near Nowra.(ABC News)

The BOM says the Deua, Moruya and Bega rivers are rising and they could overflow early on Sunday, prompting flood warnings for people living around Bega, Sussex Inlet, Moruya, and the Shoalhaven.

Surf conditions remain dangerous and wind speeds will also pick up, with gusts of up to 90 kilometres per hour possible in some areas.

The region was battered with heavy rainfall just last month, and there’s been some coastal erosion from huge waves.

Three women wearing lifejackets sit in an inflatable SES dinghy.
Three women were rescued by SES from a car stranded in floodwaters near Nowra.(ABC News)

The continuous heavy rain could also cause problems further inland, in the Snowy Mountains and Southern Tablelands, where some communities have also been told to be on alert for flash flooding.

People are being advised to avoid floodwaters and fast-flowing creeks and rivers.

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