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A girl finds her own water park outside her home in Unanderra. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO ., Surf's up: A girl finds her own water park outside her home in Unanderra. Flood fears closed three schools. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO Work blues: The storm flooded many roads Slideshow

Unanderra was the epicentre of extreme storms and flash floods that hit parts of NSW yesterday morning. The surprise downpours dumped more water on parts of Wollongong within a few hours than normally would land in the whole of December. The Bureau of Meteorology recorded 127mm by 9am at its Mt Kembla flood alert station, and 102mm at O'Briens Rd in Figtree. This was for the 24 hours up until 9am. The ONE-IN-25 YEAR EVENT stranded people on the way to work, cut power to homes and messed up mobile phone reception.

‘Unbelievable’ deluge leaves locals stranded
Concerned residents gathered on Burrendong Way south-east of Wellington on Wednesday afternoon after flash floods left them uncertain of what was happening with homes and properties in Mumbil and Stuart Town.

Anxious people speculated among themselves and tried to contact those on the other side of the flood to find out how the two townships fared through the terrible storm.

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Worried families gather around SES and police officers to find out what is going on across the floodwaters.

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