Day two: Illawarra braces for more wet weather

RECAP: How Thursday’s flood chaos unfolded.

4.31pm: The Illawarra Highway has reopened through Macquarie Pass after being closed due to flooding.

The highway was closed between Jamberoo Mountain Road at Robertson, and Broughton Avenue at Tullimbar.

Diversions have now been lifted.

However, the Illawarra Highway remains closed between Tongarra Road and the Princes Highway at Albion Park.

Motorists are advised to use Tongarra Road instead, and allow additional travel time.

Motorists should continue to exercise caution and are reminded not to drive through floodwaters.

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

3.13pm: Train services between Wollongong and Port Kembla have resumed after the train line was impacted by flood waters yesterday.

Source: Weatherzone.com.au

Source: Weatherzone.com.au

However, buses are continuing to replace trains between Wollongong and Shellharbour Junction because of the impact of flooding with trains operating a shuttle service between Shellharbour Junction and Kiama.

NSW TrainLink said it was closely monitoring the weather as part of preparing services for the weekend.

With further showers forecast over the next few days, they advised customers to plan their trip at transportnsw.info

2.15pm: Show featuring John Farnham postponed

The sold-out Red Hot Summer Tour show at Kiama Showground, scheduled for Saturday, March 18, has been postponed due to extreme weather conditions. 

Promoters made the call to postpone due to the safety of patrons attending the event. Read more

12:46pm: When you see footage like this, it’s not hard to understand why Macquarie Pass is closed. It’s the view of Kath Freeman’s driveway and front yard.

11.30am: Buses continue to replace trains between Wollongong and Shellharbour Junction and also between Wollongong and Port Kembla due to flooding at Oak Flats and Port Kembla.

A shuttle train is in operation between Shellharbour Junction and Kiama.

9:58am: A handy reminder from the Wollongong SES Unit.

9.30am: Wet weather is forecast to continue across the Illawarra on Friday, causing disruptions on the roads and rail, and resulting in sporting events to be cancelled. 

At Unanderra, the search continues for a missing 11-year-old boy, presumed swept away in flood waters on Thursday afternoon.

Police have warned members of the public against joining the search for the boy, Ryan Teasdale, given the forecast wet weather.

ROAD CLOSURES

Illawarra Highway between Princes Highway and Tongarra Road is closed in both directions and is expected to remain closed for several days.

Macquarie Pass and the Illawarra Highway between Jamberoo Mountain Road and Broughton Avenue is closed in both directions due to flooding.

The pass is expected to remain closed for at least most of Friday.

Detours are in place for light vehicles via Jamberoo Mountain Road and, for heavy vehicles via Picton Road.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT DISRUPTIONS

Flooding at Oak Flats and Port Kembla has seen train services suspended between Wollongong and Shellharbour Junction and Wollongong and Port Kembla.

A shuttle train is in operation between Shellharbour Junction and Kiama

SPORT CANCELLATIONS

Cricket: Cricket Illawarra have announced first and second grade finals matches are off this weekend. 

A decision will be made after ground inspections lower grade finals will be made at 1pm. 

It means reigning and minor premiers Balgownie will meet Dapto in the firs grade grand final at North Dalton Park next Saturday and Sunday.

First-placed University will take on second-placed Northern Districts in the second grade decider.

Rugby League: The Illawarra Challenge Cup semi-finals, to be played on Friday night at Corrima’s Ziems Park, has been postponed. 

A new date is yet to be determined.

Corrimal are drawn to play Wests, while visiting Queanbeyan Blues play Helensburgh.

Racing: The Saturday Kembla Grange meeting on Golden Slipper Day was abandoned, announced on Friday morning. And it was with good reason, as the video below makes clear.

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