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Sydney Braces for Flash Floods as Rain Disaster Moves South

Pedestrians use umbrellas to shield the rain in Sydney, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, as parts of Australia's southeast coast were inundated by the worst flooding in more than a decade. Floodwaters are moving south into New South Wales from Queensland state in the worst disaster in the region since what was described as a once-in-a-century event in 2011. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Pedestrians use umbrellas to shield the rain in Sydney, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, as parts of Australia's southeast coast were inundated by the worst flooding in more than a decade. Floodwaters are moving south into New South Wales from Queensland state in the worst disaster in the region since what was described as a once-in-a-century event in 2011. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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Sydney (AP) -- Sydney was preparing on Wednesday for dangerous flash flooding as population centers farther north began a massive cleanup operation after record floods that have claimed at least 14 lives along Australia’s east coast in recent days.

The torrential rain — as much as 20 centimeters (8 inches) — is forecast for Australia’s largest city and surrounding areas late Wednesday and early Thursday, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said.