PHOTOS: Heavy rains hit the South Coast

Laurie and Cathy Bridge inspect the flooded entrance to Port Kembla Golf Club. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER
Laurie and Cathy Bridge inspect the flooded entrance to Port Kembla Golf Club. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The South Coast received a drenching from the heavy rains on Monday night.

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Huge mounds of debris and rubbish litter North Wollongong Beach in the wake of last night's heavy rain and flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Laurie and Cathy Bridge inspect the flooded entrance to Port Kembla Golf Club. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Laurie and Cathy Bridge inspect the flooded entrance to Port Kembla Golf Club. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The rains caused the Illawarra Highway to be closed to to flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The rains caused the Illawarra Highway to be closed to to flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The rains caused the Illawarra Highway to be closed to to flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The rains caused the Illawarra Highway to be closed to to flooding. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded 113mm of rain at Bellambi since noon on Monday, 126mm at Albion Park, 138mm at Kiama and 158mm at Nowra.

The floodwaters made a mess of North Wollongong Beach, north of the surf club, leaving massive piles of debris and litter in their wake.

The rains also led to localised flooding in areas like Berry and Bulli.

Trains began running again between Wollongong and Port Kembla on the South Coast Line at 4pm on Tuesday afternoon  after earlier flooding at Port Kembla.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Transport Management Centre said the Princes Highway is closed for light vehicles between Belinda Street and Toolijooa Road in Gerringong due to flooding. 

Light vehicles are being diverted via Fern Street, Crooked River Road, Beach Road and Tannery Road.

Meanwhile, the Illawarra Highway remains closed between the Princes Highway and Tongarra Road at Albion Park Rail because of flooding.

Motorists are advised to use Tongarra Road as an alternative route.

For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

For the latest public transport information, visit www.transportnsw.info or call 131500.

Meantime, Kyle Mayo from Tarrawanna had a scary experience in the early hours of Tuesday morning when his car was hit by a wall of water while he was driving in Bulli.

Listen to him talk about his experiences here.

A Benelong Street, Bulli, resident cleans the mud from his fence and driveway on Tuesday. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

A Benelong Street, Bulli, resident cleans the mud from his fence and driveway on Tuesday. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Benelong Street residents Matthew and Maree Becker,  with their pet dogs Cana and Mello, survey the damage the floodwaters caused to first floor of their Bulli home. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Benelong Street residents Matthew and Maree Becker, with their pet dogs Cana and Mello, survey the damage the floodwaters caused to first floor of their Bulli home. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

 Jennifer Virtu had sewage flow onto her property and into her pool at in Kembla Street Wollongong. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Jennifer Virtu had sewage flow onto her property and into her pool at in Kembla Street Wollongong. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Mud entered the music room at Bulli High School. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Mud entered the music room at Bulli High School. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Some of the damage done to Bulli High School by floodwater. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Some of the damage done to Bulli High School by floodwater. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Some of the damage done to Bulli High School by floodwater. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Some of the damage done to Bulli High School by floodwater. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

An SES worker inspects the damage to the Bulli High School gym. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

An SES worker inspects the damage to the Bulli High School gym. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Some of the damage done to Bulli High School by floodwater. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Some of the damage done to Bulli High School by floodwater. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Cars crossing floodwaters across the Princes Highway in Berry. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Cars crossing floodwaters across the Princes Highway in Berry. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Cars crossing floodwaters across the Princes Highway in Berry. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Cars crossing floodwaters across the Princes Highway in Berry. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Cars crossing floodwaters across the Princes Highway in Berry. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Cars crossing floodwaters across the Princes Highway in Berry. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

An SUV becomes stranded by floodwaters on the corner of Boundary Road and Shellharbour Road at Windang. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

An SUV becomes stranded by floodwaters on the corner of Boundary Road and Shellharbour Road at Windang. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Early morning walkers inspect damage to the road surface in Benelong Street, Bulli. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Early morning walkers inspect damage to the road surface in Benelong Street, Bulli. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

 Kyle Mayo of Tarrawanna with his car at Bulli Park on Tuesday morning. The car got stuck in one-metre high floodwaters on Trinity Row at 1.30am. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Kyle Mayo of Tarrawanna with his car at Bulli Park on Tuesday morning. The car got stuck in one-metre high floodwaters on Trinity Row at 1.30am. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

 SES personnel look at a damaged car in the car park at Bulli High School. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

SES personnel look at a damaged car in the car park at Bulli High School. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Water and flood damage to a section of Bulli Beach. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Water and flood damage to a section of Bulli Beach. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Bulli High students arrive to find the school is closed for the day. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Bulli High students arrive to find the school is closed for the day. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR