Hawkesbury-Nepean communities urged to be on their guard as rain intensifies


NSW SES are urging communities along the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchments to prepare for potential evacuations over the coming days as rain intensifies across Sydney and the Illawarra.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast intensifying heavy falls between Newcastle and Batemans Bay this weekend, and major flood levels forecast along the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchments.

Assistant Commissioner Dean Storey said communities must make preparations for their local flood risk, stay up-to-date with the latest warnings and follow emergency advice.

“Rainfall totals may escalate quickly, and communities must be on their guard to evacuate when asked to do so,” Assistant Commissioner Dean Storey said.

Volunteers have already responded to about 600 requests for assistance since 5am this morning, including rescuing people who have driven through flooded roads and assisting holidaymakers isolated by floodwater.

“With up to 300mm of rain forecast in some areas, flash floods and landslips pose a very real risk and people should avoid the roads and drive to conditions,” he said.

“If you had holidays booked, stay away from flood-prone areas, plan your trips carefully and stay up-to-date with warnings.”

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