The NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) urges communities to prepare for possible thunderstorms developing tonight and into the morning over the Northern Rivers bringing possible localized heavy rainfall and flash flooding.
NSW SES Operations Commander Mark Somers says steady rainfall is expected across the area with the risk of some localised heavy falls which could result in flash flooding in some areas. ‘Now is the time to prepare, this is a “heads up” to expect possible severe weather over the coming days and a reminder to stay aware of the situation.’
Mr Somers says SES volunteers are now on standby to respond to requests for assistance that come in on the 132 500 number. ‘With the combination of heavy falls and damaging winds the most common type of requests we expect will be related to branches of large trees coming down and leaking or damaged roofs,’ he said.
Before the weather turns the NSW SES recommends taking a quick check around your home to ensure outdoor furniture is secure, overhanging branches are trimmed, gutters and down pipes are clear of debris. Re-supply your home emergency kit with fresh batteries for your torch and portable radio.
The SES is also urging the public to plan their trips, drive to road conditions and to take care driving in areas with low lying causeways. Remember to never drive, walk, ride or play in flood waters.
To keep up to date with information visit the NSW SES website, follow NSW SES on Facebook or listen to your local radio station.