NSW flood threat eases but dangers, weather alerts remain, say authorities, as clean-up begins
Emergency Services are urging communities to remain vigilant despite an easing in the flood threat across the New South Wales South Coast. 
The NSW government today said it would offer disaster assistance to 10 more local government areas hit by severe storms and flooding since Thursday. 
Floodwaters peaked on Friday afternoon with some areas receiving 200mm of rain before the weather system began to move to sea overnight.
In the past 24 hours the SES has received more than 450 requests for help, including 31 flood rescues.
"We are asking people to really be aware of their surroundings if they come across floodwaters on roads," SES Assistant Commissioner Nicole Hogan said.
Bureau of Meteorology flood warnings are current for the Bega and Moruya catchments where more rain and overflowing rivers are possible.
A severe weather warning is also current for the Illawarra, Southern Tablelands and south coast.
Police have identified the body of a 38-year-old south-western Sydney woman swept away in floodwaters early yesterday at Tuross, in the Snowy Monaro region.
Police said the woman, believed to be 37, and a man were in a car trapped by rising water when she got out of the car and was swept away.
Authorities said they had formally identified the woman but gave no further details.
NSW SES Chief Superintendent Colin Malone warned residents that, while rain had eased, dangers remained.
"The rivers are still up, the creeks are still up, and they're still at a level where they're flowing pretty fast and still a bit dangerous," he said.
Mr Malone warned people to be careful enjoying better weather this weekend.
"As the waters go down, the damage to the roads and the infrastructure will start to be exposed, so caution is advised on the roads," he said.
Last night, two people and their dog were rescued after they drove into floodwaters at Bodalla in the Eurobodalla Shire.
SES crews arrived to find a local farmer in a boat helping them out of the car. They were safely taken to Bodalla, said, Eurobodalla SES commander Mike Day.
The cleanup in Mogo, north of Bega,  continues after a flash flood swept through shopfronts and homes yesterday.
Gypsy's of Mogo store owner Simon Tadd said he lost $100,000 worth of stock. 
"This is a real blow…we experienced about a metre and a half of water going through the shop early yesterday morning," he said.
Mr Tadd said losing half his stock meant he would not be able to restock in time for summer trade due to COVID-related supply chain issues.
"It's a bitter blow for Mogo just coming into the Christmas period when you really rely on your summer and Christmas period," he said.
The 10 new LGAs included in the state government's disaster assistance announcement today include Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, Goulburn-Mulwaree, Mid-Western, Oberon, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Richmond Valley, Shoalhaven, Walcha, and Wentworth.
They join the Snowy Monaro, Bathurst and Blue Mountains regions.
In a Facebook post yesterday, Eurobodalla Shire Council said the funding was long-awaited. 
"We've already applied for NSW government natural disaster relief – our ninth in two years," the post read.
The federal Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience, Senator Bridget McKenzie, said the severe weather continued to impact a number of communities.
"The impact on small communities who are still building back after fires and floods is significant, and the assistance being announced today will help ensure those communities continue to receive the support they need," she said.
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