NSW rain emergency: key facts and figures

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KEY FACTS AND FIGURES FROM THE NSW RAIN EMERGENCY

* More than 18,000 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.

MID-NORTH COAST:

* 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.

HUNTER REGION:

* 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 flood water

* 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.

WESTERN NSW:

* 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

ASSISTANCE:

* 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.