Rain keeps SES busy

TORRENTIAL rain lashed the region last night (Friday) and early this morning and the Shoalhaven State Emergency Service (SES) crews were kept busy.

The SES received 52 calls for emergency help, mostly for leaking roofs and sandbagging due to localised flash flooding.

With more rain forecast for today (Friday) and for the weekend people are advised not to take any risks, like driving or wading through water over roads or in flooded areas.

In the Nowra area 68mm recorded by early this morning and Wednesday was also wet with 60.2mm.

The wettest day in the Nowra area was March 4 with 71.8mm and already 288mm has been recorded for March.

With more rain predicted the recorded level of 319.8mm recorded in  2012 could be reached.

A 90 per cent chance of rain is predicted for Saturday with 15 to 45mm possible and for Sunday there is an 80 per cent chance of rain with one to two mm predicted.

In areas like Jaspers Brush and Kangaroo Valley rain has fallen in epic proportions.

In the last 40 days Jaspers Brush has recorded 560 mm and 507mm recorded over in Kangaroo Valley.

The SES advises that people should:

* move vehicles under cover or away from trees.

* secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.

* keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.

* report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES unit on 132 500.