More than 1100 NSW State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers have worked tirelessly throughout Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, responding to a series of severe weather events that have affected many communities.

Severe weather brought giant hail, heavy rainfall, and flash flooding across large parts of the state, including in the Central West, Riverina, South Coast, Sydney, the Central Coast and the Hunter.

On Christmas Day, NSW SES volunteers responded to 312 incidents, which is in addition to the 492 incidents that were recorded on Christmas Eve.

Residents at Grenfell were treated to a white Christmas, as hail blanketed the town shortly after midday. NSW SES Assistant Commissioner Sean Kearns said 41 incidents were reported in the small town.

“There was damage to properties including broken skylights, parts of roofs, broken windows, and damaged vehicles,” Assistant Commissioner Kearns said.

“This kept local SES crews and two teams from Forbes busy throughout the day”.

Hail was also seen in Orange, Yass, and across the coast, as far north as Urbenville and Macksville.

Meanwhile, intense heavy rainfall was received in southeastern parts of NSW. At Eurobodalla, 156mm of rain was received in three hours, resulting in flooding of local roads, and inundation of some properties.

NSW SES crews were responded to flood rescues at Albion Park, Kiama, Laggan (in the Southern Tablelands) and Bemboka (near Bega).

Volatile weather conditions are expected to continue for the next 24-48 hours.

Assistant Commissioner Kearns said the NSW SES remains on high alert and is prepared to respond promptly to emerging situations.

“We’re particularly aware at this time of the year a lot of people undertake Christmas travel plans to be with their friends and family, however, we ask the public to be mindful of the ongoing severe weather,” he said.

“Roads may be hazardous due to flash flooding, damage from recent rainfall and fallen debris, and reduced visibility. Travellers are strongly advised to stay informed about current conditions, exercise caution, and consider delaying travel if conditions worsen.”

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500. In life threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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