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Sunny days to return after wettest June in six years
- July 1, 2013 – 7:45AM
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Sunshine has returned to Sydney but not before a week of rain caused a variety of issues over the weekend, including a land slip that caused a brick wall to collapse onto a train station in Sydney’s west, and the fall of an enormous fig tree to fall in Hyde Park on Saturday afternoon.
It is expected to take several days to clear debris caused by a landslide from rail tracks at Harris Park.
For the first week of July residents can expect an average of nine hours sunshine per day and virtually no rain
The tracks and platform at Harris Park station were covered with debris after the retaining wall gave way about 5.50pm on Sunday.
At approximately 5.50pm an embankment at Harris Park station collapsed due to heavy rain.
No one was injured during the incident and rail staff and emergency services attended the scene.
At approximately 8.40pm another segment of the embankment wall collapsed onto the station, causing the suspension of all services stopping at Harris Park. Buses were operating between Harris Park and Parramatta and Harris Park and Granville, although on Monday morning some train services were again stopping at the station.
Parramatta local area command Acting Inspector James Littler said nobody was injured and it is believed nobody was on the platform when the embankment fell.
‘‘It’s quite a significant landslide. It’s basically gone on the platform and covered the tracks,’’ Acting Inspector Littler said.
‘‘It’s very fortunate there wasn’t a train at the time and the best thing is that nobody has been injured.’’
The fragments of concrete, trees and fencing partially buried two of the station’s four rail lines.
It could take several days to clear the debris from the tracks.
Dave Wright, from the Transport Management Centre, said the landslip was causing minimal delays for train services on Monday morning.
‘‘The impact is only for people getting on or off at Harris Park, which is a smaller station between two bigger stations,’’ Mr Wright said.
Landslip at Harris Park Railway Station
Harris Park train station has had a landslide over night. Photo: Carlos Furtado
‘‘Some trains are still stopping at Harris Park, but not every train, and some trains will go through without stopping.
‘‘Delays are relatively minimal at this stage but as the morning progresses we might see some additional delays.’’
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Olenka Rudewych said there had been more than 240 millimetres of rain in Sydney during the past nine days, making up about 77 per cent of this month’s total rainfall.
But there will finally be a chance to drain the dirty clothes overflowing from laundry baskets with rain expected to clear early Monday morning and the rest of the week due to remain mostly sunny.
“Generally we expect showers to clear by early Monday morning and the rest of the week should remain mostly sunny with a return to dry conditions,” Ms Rudewych said.
The bad weather will take a rain check with the sunniest week since May or April now expected, according to Weatherzone senior meteorologist Brett Dutschke.
“For the first week of July residents can expect an average of nine hours sunshine per day and virtually no rain,” Mr Dutschke said.
“There has been a total of just seven hours of sunshine, an average of an hour per day, the cloudiest week since February 2009.”
State Emergency Service spokeswoman Sue Pritchard said volunteers were looking forward to a rest after responding to 1211 calls for help, including 600 in the Sydney metropolitan area, since strong rain and wind started to batter the state’s east coast last Saturday.
Seventeen of the callers required assistance for animals or people trapped in flood waters and most of the others were about roof damage, fallen trees and minor flooding.
“I think all of our volunteers deserve a rest this week. They have been fantastic of course. A lot of them work full time, they don’t even come home, they just go straight from work and out in the field at night,” Ms Pritchard said.
In Hyde Park on Sunday, nobody was injured when a hills weeping fig toppled over but there were reports that two mothers and their young children narrowly missed being hit.
A City of Sydney spokesman said a crane would remove the tree on Monday and it would be replaced with another one.
It’s not just the emergency service workers who are looking forward to the sunshine, reptiles have been stuck on heat pads and giraffes in their dens at Taronga Zoo.
The zoo’s spokesman Ben Gibson said workers would be out in force raking and sweeping once the rain stopped.
“The zoo attendance was down due to the weather but we still had huge amount of schools kids coming in for excursions who braved it with ponchos and umbrellas,” Mr Gibson said.
Car wash workers are also restocking soap supplies in the hope that customers will return with the sunshine.
Crystal Car Wash Cafe manager Lina Toutonji said she had experienced a stressful week.
“It’s been really dead. There has hardly been any customers at all, one day there was just no one,” Ms Toutonji said.
“Because of that a lot of the guys who work here have left their job during the last week. They just can’t rely on this type of business when consistently raining for 10 days and there are no customers.”
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