Entire suburbs have been submerged in brown water as New South Wales’ flooding crisis deepens.

The rain did not subside overnight, with as much as 300 millimetres expected to fall in some regions in the coming days.

Sydney’s west will be battered on Tuesday as already swelling rivers continue to receive a deluge of water.

More rain and a high tide are expected to send the Hawkesbury River at Windsor to its highest point of 13m this week around 9am.

Homes in the area on Monday morning were overwhelmed with water when the river breached the “major flood level” of 12.2 metres.

Heavy flooding is seen along the Hawkesbury River at the Windsor CBD.
Heavy flooding is seen along the Hawkesbury River at the Windsor CBD. Credit: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images
A semi-submerged child’s playground on the banks of the flooded Nepean River at Trench Reserve at Penrith.
A semi-submerged child’s playground on the banks of the flooded Nepean River at Trench Reserve at Penrith. Credit: DEAN LEWIN/AAPIMAGE

Premier Gladys Berejiklian acknowledged citizens were at “breaking point” as rain continued to bucket down across the state.

“When you have been through three or four incidents that are life-changing on top of each other, it can make you feel like you are at breaking point,” she said.

“Please know that we are thinking of you and getting support as much as we can.”

She said the current forecast showed heavy rain for the coming days until it begins to subside on Thursday.

Flooded Old Hawkesbury Road near Pitt Town and Windsor in the North West of Sydney.
Flooded Old Hawkesbury Road near Pitt Town and Windsor in the North West of Sydney. Credit: DEAN LEWIN/AAPIMAGE
Heavy flooding is seen along the Hawkesbury River at the Windsor CBD.
Heavy flooding is seen along the Hawkesbury River at the Windsor CBD. Credit: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

From there, a lengthy cleanup and recovery mission begins.

“Unfortunately, we are not through the worst of it potentially,” she said.

“That is why we need to brace ourselves for what will be a very difficult week and then very difficult weeks and months of recovery.”

Around 18,230 people have been evacuated from their homes so far.

The house of Windsor resident Kelly Miller is seen as floodwaters reach her workplace.
The house of Windsor resident Kelly Miller is seen as floodwaters reach her workplace. Credit: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images
Floodwater completely submerges the backyards of properties in Penrith.
Floodwater completely submerges the backyards of properties in Penrith. Credit: BIANCA DE MARCHI/AAPIMAGE

In the past 24 hours, nearly 1,400 people called the State Emergency Services for help.

The focus area is widespread as warnings are scattered across the entire state.

The Illawarra Region is expected to be drenched on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting between 100 and 300mm of rain.

Nearly 200 schools will be closed on Tuesday.

Full list of NSW school closures today

  • Aldavilla Public School
  • Austral Public School
  • Barrington Public School
  • Baryulgil Public School
  • Beechwood Public School
  • Bellbrook Public School
  • Bilpin Public School
  • Blackheath Public School
  • Bligh Park Public School
  • Bobin Public School
  • Booral Public School
  • Bowraville Central School
  • Brewongle Environmental Education Centre
  • Brunswick Heads Public School
  • Bulahdelah Central School
  • Bungwahl Public School
  • Cambridge Park High School
  • Camden Haven High School
  • Carool Public School
  • Castlereagh Public School
  • Casuarina School
  • Cattai Public School
  • Chatham High School
  • Chatham Public School
  • Chester Hill High School
  • Chillingham Public School
  • Chisholm Primary Bligh Park
  • Claremont Meadows Public School
  • Colo Heights Public School
  • Colo High School
  • Comboyne Public School
  • Comleroy Road Public School
  • Congewai Public School
  • Coolongolook Public School
  • Coopernook Public School
  • Corndale Public School
  • Crescent Head Public School
  • Cundletown Public School
  • Darkinjung Barker at Yarramalong
  • Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre
  • Dungog High School
  • Dungog Public School
  • Ebenezer Public School
  • Elands Public School
  • Eungai Public School
  • Frederickton Public School
  • Freemans Reach Public School
  • Galungara Public School
  • Gladstone Public School
  • Glenbrook Public School
  • Glen William Public School
  • Glendenning Public School
  • Glenorie Public School
  • Glenreagh Public School
  • Glenvale School
  • Glossodia Public School
  • Gloucester High School
  • Gloucester Public School
  • Granville South Creative & Performing Arts High School
  • Green Hill Public School
  • Grose View Public School
  • Hallidays Point Public School
  • Hambledon Public School
  • Hannon Vale Public School
  • Harrington Public School
  • Hastings Public School
  • Hastings Secondary College Port Macquarie
  • Hastings Secondary College Westport
  • Hawkesbury High School
  • Herons Creek Public School
  • Hillside Public School
  • Hinton Public School
  • Hobartville Public School
  • Hopetown School
  • Hornsby Heights Public School
  • Huntingdon Public School
  • Jilliby Public School
  • Kempsey East Public School
  • Kempsey High School
  • Kempsey South Public School
  • Kempsey West Public School
  • Kendal Public School
  • Kinchela Public School
  • Krambach Public School
  • Kurmond Public School
  • Kurrajong East Public School
  • Kurrajong North Public School
  • Kurrajong Public School
  • Kurrambee School
  • Laguna Public School
  • Lake Cathie Public School
  • Lansdowne Public School
  • Laurieton Public School
  • Leonay Public School
  • Lisarow High School
  • Lisarow Public School
  • Londonderry Public School
  • Long Flat Public School
  • Longneck Lagoon Environmental Education Centre
  • Lowanna Public School
  • Macdonald Valley Public School
  • Manning Gardens Public School
  • Maraylya Public School
  • Maroota Public School
  • Marsden Park Public School
  • Medlow Public School
  • Megalong Public School
  • Melville High School
  • Millers Forest Public School
  • Mitchel Island Public School
  • Moorland Public School
  • Mount George Public School
  • Mount Kanwary Public School
  • Nabiac Public School
  • Nambucca Heads High School
  • Narara Valley High School
  • Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School
  • Northbourne Public School
  • North East Public School of Distance Education
  • Northhaven Public School
  • Nymboida Public School
  • Oakville Public School
  • Old Bar Public School
  • Orama Public School
  • Pacific Palms Public School
  • Penrith Valley Learning Centre
  • Pitt Town Public School
  • Port Macquarie Public School
  • Putland School
  • Quakers Hill Public School
  • Richmond High School
  • Richmond North Public School
  • Richmond Public School
  • Riverstone High School
  • Riverstone Public School
  • Rollands Plains Upper Public School
  • Rosebank Public School
  • Schofields Public School
  • Smithtown Public School
  • South Creek Public School
  • South West Rocks Public School
  • Stratford Public School
  • Stroud Public School
  • Stroud Road Public School
  • Stuarts Point Public School
  • Tacking Point Public School
  • Taree High School
  • Taree Public School
  • Taree West Public School
  • Tea Gardens Public School
  • Telegraph Point Public School
  • The Pocket Public School
  • Tinonee Public School
  • Tuntable Creek Public School
  • Upper Landsdowne Public School
  • Vineyard Public School
  • Wallacia Public School
  • Wauchope High School
  • Wauchope Public School
  • Werrington Public School
  • Westport Public School
  • Wilberforce Public School
  • Willawarrin Public School
  • Windsor High School
  • Windsor Park Public School
  • Windsor Public School
  • Windsor South Public School
  • Wingham Brush Public School
  • Wingham High School
  • Wingham Public School
  • Wisemans Ferry Public School
  • Wooli Public School
  • Wyong Creek Public School
  • Wyndham College

Parents and carers are reminded to monitor for local conditions before travelling.

The latest updates from the NSW Department of Education can be found here.

Disaster relief payments

Disaster relief payments are also available for residents in 38 council areas deemed natural disaster areas.

That means people living in those areas are eligible for federal emergency funding.

The payments are up to $1000 for adults and $400 for children.

For information on how to apply, click here.

The Greater Sydney council areas eligible for disaster relief payments are:

  • Blacktown
  • Blue Mountains
  • Camden
  • Campbelltown
  • Cumberland
  • Canterbury Bankstown
  • Fairfield
  • Hawkesbury
  • Hornsby
  • Inner West
  • Ku-ring-gai
  • Liverpool
  • Northern Beaches
  • Parramatta
  • Penrith
  • Sutherland
  • The Hills
  • Wollondilly

The other NSW council areas eligible for disaster relief payments are:

  • Armidale
  • Bellingen
  • Central Coast
  • Cessnock
  • Clarence Valley
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Dungog
  • Kempsey
  • Lake Macquarie City
  • Maitland City
  • Mid-Coast
  • Nambucca Valley
  • Newcastle
  • Port Macquarie-Hastings
  • Port Stephens
  • Tenterfield

NSW floods update as school closures and evacuation orders are issued
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