NSW rain emergency: key facts and figures

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KEY FACTS AND FIGURES FROM THE NSW RAIN EMERGENCY:

* More than 24,000 people have been told to evacuate in the past week

* 60,000 people remain on alert to evacuate

* Six evacuation orders were lifted on Wednesday night, but more than a dozen remain

* 950 flood rescues to early Wednesday, more than 11,000 calls for help

* Some 77 schools are closed

* More than 12,000 claims lodged with insurers

* Skies are mostly clear on Thursday across much of the east coast, with the temperature nudging 30C in many areas

NORTHERN RIVERS:

* Clarence River the main focus for authorities

* Major flooding occurring at Grafton, Ulmarra and Maclean

* Those in low lying areas of Ulmarra, Bushgrove and Cowper ordered to evacuate on Wednesday

* Major flooding at Goondiwindi on the Queensland border, with further rises likely

* Weir River expected to reach moderate flood levels

MID-NORTH COAST:

* Communities facing the worst flooding in almost a century

* 15,000 people ordered to evacuate from low-lying areas in Port Macquarie, Lower Macleay, Kempsey CBD

* Most people evacuated from Kempsey have been given the all-clear to return to their properties

HUNTER REGION:

* Major flood warning for Wollombi Brook at Bulga remains in place although water levels are falling

* Moderate flooding occurring along the Lower Hunter River at Singleton, with waters due to begin falling on Thursday afternoon

* Downstream, Maitland experiencing minor flooding, with levels due to peak on Friday afternoon.

WESTERN, SOUTHERN AND NORTHERN SYDNEY:

* Major flooding occurring along the Hawkesbury River at North Richmond

* Moderate flooding is occurring at Windsor, Sackville, Lower Portland and Wisemans Ferry.

* Minor flooding continues along the Colo River.

* The Nepean River has fallen below minor flood levels, and no further rises are expected

* Residents warned to avoid the water after sewage stations were flooded

WESTERN NSW:

* About 400 people in low lying areas Moree told to evacuate at the Mehi River rises

* A major flood peak is expected at Moree on Thursday morning.

* Major flooding is also occurring along the Gwydir River at Yarraman.

* Moderate flooding is occurring at Pallamallawa and minor flooding at Gravesend.

ILLAWARRA AND SOUTH COAST:

* River levels on the south coast have fallen below minor flood levels

ASSISTANCE:

* Federal natural disaster arrangements offering $1000 per adult and $400 per child

* 1600 SES volunteers involved in rescue and clean up operations aided by NSW RFS and Fire and Rescue Services

* Up to 1000 ADF personnel expected to be deployed for the cleanup

* St John Ambulance NSW volunteers providing health services, first aid and mental health support

* Flood victims eligible for free advice from the Disaster Response Legal Service

* St Vincent de Paul Society, The Salvos, Red Cross, Coles and NSW Farmers have launched separate appeals for flood victims