That winter rain should make you plan for floods

JUNE is NSW SES FloodSafe month and the time to remind Shoalhaven residents about the dangers of floodwater.

ALL ABOARD: Shoalhaven SES volunteers Mike Drew, Brett Beattie, Larry Coulthart and Matthew Allen in the organisation’s newest flood boat.

ALL ABOARD: Shoalhaven SES volunteers Mike Drew, Brett Beattie, Larry Coulthart and Matthew Allen in the organisation’s newest flood boat.

In the past 12 months, SES volunteers attended to more than 300 flood-related tasks in the Shoalhaven, many of which were preventable, according to NSW SES Nowra Unit Controller Mark Kielly.  

Only two years ago 70 per cent of NSW was in flood. 

“That’s an area equivalent to the size of Spain,” Mr Kielly said.

“This means that while we are experiencing drier conditions now, floods can still happen and we need to be prepared for them.”

“Our region has flood risks in areas like Shoalhaven Heads, Greenwell Point, Sussex Inlet and the Bay and Basin area.”

He said it was important for people to know their flood risk and plan for when floods happen.

“By preparing now, people can help themselves minimise the impacts of floods,” he said. 

“Knowing what to look for when flooding is likely, including warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology and the natural signs of flooding like heavy rainfall and then activating your plan can help minimise any possible impacts from floods,” he said.

“By following these simple tips, you can significantly reduce your personal and property loss associated with floods,” Mr Kielly said.

More FloodSafe information can be found at www.floodsafe.com.au.

For emergency help in a flood or storm, phone the NSW SES on 132 500.

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