Low-lying areas around St Georges Basin and Sussex Inlet may be inundated

UNDER WATCH: Low lying areas of St Georges Basin and Sussex Inlet are under an SES Flood Watch. File photo.
UNDER WATCH: Low lying areas of St Georges Basin and Sussex Inlet are under an SES Flood Watch. File photo.

A Flood Watch has been issued for the South Coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts that a trough is deepening near the NSW coast, and is expected to bring periods of heavy rain to the southern NSW coast today, Monday December 4, and Tuesday December 5. Rainfall may be enhanced by the development of small low pressure circulations within the trough, and thunderstorm activity. Abnormally high tides will add to the risk of flooding in lower tidal areas.

A Severe Weather Warning for very heavy rainfall has been issued for parts of the Illawarra and South Coast.

The forecast rainfall and high tides have the potential to cause localised flooding in low-lying areas.

If this weather system intensifies, flooding could develop on the St Georges Basin. If so, the Bureau will issue Flood Warnings predicting flood heights on the Basin.

What’s expected:

Based on the prediction provided by the Bureau of Meteorology the following areas may be affected by floodwaters and/or coastal inundation:

  • Low-lying areas around the Basin foreshore
  • Properties around the Park Drive area adjacent to the lower reaches of Cockrow Creek
  • Vincentia
  • Sussex Inlet

If heavy rainfall continues for longer than predicted, access roads may be cut and low lying rural areas may become isolated.

What you need to do:

People in areas that may be impacted by flooding should prepare their properties and homes and:

  • Stay up to date with information. Listen to flood warnings and follow the advice on how to protect yourself, family and property - see below for ways to stay informed.
  • Consider collecting essential items in a waterproof bag: food, water, warm clothes, medications, valuables, important documents, toys for children in case you need to leave.
  • Keep your pets close by, always know where they are.
  • Clean up yards and secure moveable objects such as trampolines, BBQs and outdoor furniture.
  • Check on your family, friends and neighbours and share this information.

Farmers and rural property owners should watch the river and be ready to move pumps, other equipment and livestock away from rising waters.

Safety is your highest priority - Never drive, walk or play in flood waters.

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500. In life threatening situations call triple zero (000) immediately.

For more information:

  • Listen to your local ABC radio station, follow /NSWSES on Facebook or www.ses.nsw.gov.au
  • • Latest Weather, Warnings, Rainfall and River heights: www.bom.gov.au/nsw/
  • • Road Closures: www.livetraffic.com.au , 131 701 or contact Shoalhaven City Council.

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