The Public Information Inquiry Centre (PIIC), is now open to take calls from the public about the flood-affected areas in NSW.
The PIIC is open 24 hours a day until at least 5pm on Monday 22 March 2021. The number is 1800 227 228.
For emergency flood and storm assistance, the public can continue to contact the SES on 132 500 or visit their website http://www.ses.nsw.gov.au
In case of an emergency, dial Triple Zero (000).
DAMAGING WINDS, HEAVY RAINFALL – Wollongong, Nowra areas
Tuesday 4pm: The South Coast will see development of heavy rain today as the low pressure system in the west moves towards the region
WHAT THE WEATHER IS DOING
⚬ HEAVY RAIN, likely leading to FLASH FLOODING, presents a SERIOUS RISK
⚬ DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts of 90 km/h.
Trees may fall in moderate winds because the ground is wet
⚬ There is an increased risk of landslips
⚬ Roads in some areas are cut off by water
⚬ HIGH TIDES which may cause sea water flooding of low lying areas
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
⚬ Don’t drive, ride or walk through flood water
⚬ Keep clear of creeks and storm drains
⚬ If trapped by flooding, get to highest point and ring 000
⚬ Rapid rain run-off possible in fire-affected areas
⚬ Landslides more likely in fire-affected areas
⚬ Move vehicles under cover or away from trees
⚬ Secure loose items around your house, yard and balcony
⚬ Stay 8 metres from fallen power lines or objects nearby
⚬ Trees damaged by fire are more prone to falling
St Georges Basin and Shoalhaven River are both on flood watch.
Further heavy rainfall is forecast during Tuesday. This rainfall may cause river rises.
NSW SES St Georges Basin Unit: will open its headquarters from 11am today to provide assistance and sandbags.
Sandbags are also available at:
Shoalhaven Heads Community Centre
NSW SES Nowra Unit Headquarters, Albatross Road, Nowra
NSW SES Ulladulla Unit, Camden Street, Ulladulla
St Georges Basin SES Tasman Road
St Georges Basin and Thompson Street Sporting Complex Sussex Inlet.
ROAD CLOSURES: Many local roads have been impacted by flooding
Jamberoo Pass is closed in both directions due to a tree fall.
The Illawarra Highway and Macquarie Pass are both closed.
Avoid all unnecessary travel and check www.livetraffic.com
Never drive, ride or walk through floodwater.
If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately .
For SES assistance phone 132 500 – www.ses.nsw.gov.au
NSW Emergency Services are warning residents to travel carefully as people continue to drive their cars into flood waters and call for help.
Speaking to media on Saturday afternoon, Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said there was one simple reason that the SES have received 4000 distress calls and completed more than 500 rescues in the past 24 hours.
“Do not walk-through or drive through floodwaters,” he said in a stern warning.null
“Do not drive over water that is covering a road.”
That warning applies particularly in the Mid-North Coast and Sydney, with “reinvigorated rain” expected to hit later on Saturday.
Elliot said to be particularly careful around night-time when travelling outside.
“People have not heeded the warnings. If the trajectory is correct and we keep going down this line we will look at 2000 flood rescues before Wednesday,” he added.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian advised NSW residents to stock up and prepare for a tough week.
The rain isn’t expected to subside until Thursday or Friday.
She has advised NSW residents to “stay at home” and stock up – unless evacuation orders are in place.
Nine evacuation orders are in place across the state in the Mid-North Coast.
Parts of Western Sydney including Penrith and Richmond are advised to be on alert and to check at 6pm to see whether an evacuation order is issued, as the Warragamba Dam is forecast to overflow.
More than 500 specialist SES teams have been called out and State Emergency Service Commissioner Carlene York said they had found many people on their roofs to escape floods.
In regards to driving into a waterlogged road, she said: “Once it gets to that level your vehicle could float away and you cannot control what will happen.
“Be patient. When you make the calls we are giving priority to life-threatening calls first.
“We will be there to help you whether it is typing your roof, removing trees, the SES and other Emergency Services organisations will respond to you call for help.
“If it is life-threatening please ring 000.
“If it is about property damage or help to evacuate or roof damage, go to the SES line and we will send out resources that are needed to assist you.”