SES warns of widespread rainfall
THE Bureau of Meteorology is indicating further widespread rainfall over the next couple of days leading in to Australia Day long weekend.
With the potential of isolated rainfall from possible thunderstorms over this period, in conjunction with already saturated catchment areas, this may cause some flooding in some areas.
The NSW SES are urging people, particularly tourists on the North Coast to be careful while enjoying the time with friends and family.
Campers are to be aware of their surroundings, particularly when camping near creeks and tributaries, should check the BoM website and listen to local radio frequently for weather updates and be prepared to relocate if rising water threaten their sites.
All unnecessary travel should be avoided in severe weather and pets and children should be kept inside away from glass openings.
For emergency assistance relating to storms and floods, call the NSW SES on 132 500.
Further warnings and weather updates can be found on www.bom.gov.au/warnings.
NSW SES advises people to:
- Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony
- Move vehicles under cover or away from trees
- Keep clear of fallen power lines
- Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water
- Boating on floodwaters is extremely dangerous due to strong currents, hidden snags and rock
- Farmers and other landholders should keep a watch on their streams and be prepared to move pumps, equipment and livestock to higher ground.
- Residents & people camping near their ocean should regularly check for erosion or inundation by sea water.
For emergency assistance in floods and storms, call the SES on 132 500
For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately