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February 2, 2023

NSW SES continues its efforts on International Volunteers Day

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A reprieve in rainfall over the last week has thankfully seen water levels begin to fall in Forbes, Condobolin, Deniliquin and Hay.

However, NSW SES Assistant Commissioner Dean Storey is reminding flood affected communities that the flood risk still remains.

Jake Whitfield heading out the door to volunteer for the NSW SES. Photo supplied.

‘While it is welcome news that flood levels are beginning to ease for some upstream communities along the Murrumbidgee, Lachlan and Murray rivers, there is a need to remind local flood affected residents to continue to follow the advice of emergency services as flood waters will remain for some time to come,’ Mr Storey said.

‘I want to urge people to drive to the conditions and to avoid driving through roads which still have water across them.

‘Many of the roads have been severely damaged and the full extent of the damage will not be known until all the water recedes. If you come across a flooded road, stop, turn around and find another way’

Mr Storey said that with today being International Volunteer Day it was a day to recognise the ongoing efforts of NSW SES members who continued to support the inland flood efforts.

“NSW SES volunteers from all over the State continue to travel to inland NSW to assist with the ongoing flood crisis, undertaking tasks including resupply missions and welfare checks of isolated residents,’ he said.

‘Days like ‘International Volunteer Day’, are a reminder to our volunteers that the work they do in supporting communities in their time of need does not go unnoticed.

‘2022 has been the NSW SES’s busiest year on record, and it’s because of the professionalism and passion of our volunteers that the Service has been able to continue to serve and help NSW who has been devastated by this year’s flooding.’

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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  1. I’m sure there are many well-meaning volunteers in the SES, BUT………. Just remember, if the folks in the Lismore flood followed their advise , hundreds would have died when they decided to go home and forbid the ‘tinny heroes’ saving the folks on , and in rooves , Where they would die due to the recommendations of the SES.
    Cheers, G”)

  2. Ken the “no tinnies ban decision” regarding Lismore was not made by hard-working lower-level SES volunteers.
    It was the apparently sacrosanct SES top-brass + BOM that made these mismanagement decisions
    On 28/2/22 our SES volunteers were overwhelmed by this tragedy, but as usual did their very best.
    [I deduce from this and your other assorted posts that you have little real-life experience on many matters you pontificate upon.]

    • “I deduce from this and your other assorted posts that you” have made, that you are a knob !
      I have lived most of my life in flood areas and fifty years ago, I and most people were better organised to deal with Hazards, of many types.
      ….and it doesn’t matter a damn bit which part of SES is incompetent. The facts remain that they are not fit for purpose , and went home to leave the community to drown.


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