For the NSW SES members, postcodes don’t matter. Several teams of volunteers in orange, from the Illawarra South Coast Region of the NSW SES supported by teams from Sydney Southern Region, have been deployed to the South Coast to support communities as they prepare for a large downpour that is expected to strike between Moruya and the Bega Valley over the next few days.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, localised, heavy rainfall is expected to fall on the South Coast this evening, accompanied by thunderstorms with the possibility flash flooding in the morning.
With further warnings expected to follow and a potential for 200mm of rain to fall in the south coast area, local NSW SES Units have been activated for operational activity.
Aviation teams and specialist Flood Rescue personnel have also been placed on stand-by in strategic locations on the South Coast, as they prepare for the potential severe weather.
Ashley Sullivan, the acting Region Controller of NSW SES Illawarra South Coast Region, advises the public to be pro-active in preparing for the storm.
“While our members are preparing for the effects of the heavy rainfall, it’s important that residents take action themselves. By simply clearling gutters of debris, a build up of moss and dead leaves, the damage to a home caused by heavy rainfall can be significantly reduced.”
Severe weather conditions, at times like these, can quickly lead to flash flooding. Driving through these unpredictable bodies of water is dangerous and can result in the loss of life. It is important for the public to remember to never walk, drive or ride through flood water.
For emergency assistance in Floods and Storms call 132 500.
If the situation is life threatening, call 000 ‘triple zero’ immediately.