SES - 2ST

A major clean-up after a car ploughs into a home at Milton.

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A young woman had to be freed from her vehicle after crashing into a house on the Princes Highway at Milton.

Emergency Services, including NSW Ambulance, Police and the RFS  were called around 7.30 last night.

She was  flown by the Toll Air Ambulance to St George Hospital.

Police say she has serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The NSW SES Ulladulla crew worked late into the night to stabilise the house, which was badly damaged in the crash.

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Images: NSW SES Ulladulla 

 

At last some decent rain

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Over the coming 10 days, widespread falls of 50-100mm are forecast along the entire coastline as well as the northern inland.

Parts of the coast could see in excess of 200mm.

The NSW SES advises people to factor in enough time for actions that may take longer to complete in preparation,  which include moving animals away from low lying areas that are prone to flooding as well as moving pumps away from swollen creeks.

As with any long range forecast, things can change as we get closer to the dates, so keep an eye on the weather warnings this week at: http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/.

Photo source: Wingecarribee SES

Big downpour forecast for the Highlands

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The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting up to 150 millimetres of rain to fall across the Wingecarribee tomorrow.

Engagement Officer Morgan Pumpa said the conditions are being caused by the weather system which has been impacting the far North Coast.

"This will develop into an East Coast low and it will move towards the central parts of the NSW coast on Wednesday and that brings the chance of widespread rain aswell as damaging winds to the Southern Highlands,

"It's really important that people keep an eye on warnings,"Ms. Pumpa said.

SES crews will be on standby over the coming days.

Wingecarribee Unit Commander Heather Rowe said they're particularly concerned about fallen trees.

"At this point of time, it's not so much the large amount of rain, it's probably more the fact there'll be some wind involved with it,

"The ground is already sodden and trees are already starting to uproot, even without the wind,"Ms. Rowe said.

 

Bureau forecast puts SES crews on alert

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The Wingecarribee SES Unit has been kept busy because of the recent rain.

Since the start of the year there have been 50 requests for assistance, with most of those jobs for fallen trees and leaking roofs.

Anywhere between 150 and 300 millimetres is expected over the next 10 days.

Inspector Dylan Whitelaw said people need to be carrying out regular maintenance around the house.

"Coming into the new year, it's a fantastic time to remind people, that one of the most common causes of a leaking roofs are blocked gutters,

"It's extremely important that homeowners take care and maintain houses, because it prevents further damage that can occur during wild weather,"Mr. Whitelaw said.

Image: Wingecarribee SES 

Cambewarra Dam amber alert issued

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NSW SES is directing people downstream of Cambewarra Dam to prepare to evacuate to high ground outside of the potential flood zone.

Further heavy rain is forecast which may result in the dam spilling and flooding to occur.

Properties that adjoin Good Dog Creek must prepare to evacuate now.

Residents should monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate when instructed to do so. A Flood Evacuation Order will be issued by the NSW SES if evacuation is required. If possible please make alternative accommodation arrangement in the event that you may have to evacuate your property.

What we are expecting:

Floodwaters to impact areas downstream of Cambewarra Dam in Shoalhaven LGA and surrounding creeks.

Roads, low lying areas and houses may be impacted.

What you need to do:

    • Place important personal documents, valuables and vital medical supplies into a case and take them with you.
    • Prepare your pets and take them with you.
    • Share this information with neighbours and help others where possible. Leave as early as possible to avoid restricted road access.

If you are not prepared to leave if an Evacuation Order is issued, road closures and detours may result in people becoming trapped.

Emergency Services cannot always rescue or assist people if conditions are too dangerous.

Stay Informed:

People in the above locations should monitor the latest warnings and be ready to move to higher ground immediately.

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500. In life-threatening emergencies, call 000 (triple zero).

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.

Dogs rescued from rabbit burrow in Sutton Forest

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A lucky escape for two Jack Russell Terriers which got stuck down a rabbit burrow at Sutton Forest.

The dogs had been missing for about three days before their owners heard yelps coming from the burrow.

One of them found their way out, but it took some time to remove the other, as Inspector Dylan Whitelaw from the Wingecarribee SES explains.

"The second dog followed this rabbit so far down the burrow, it got stuck and couldn't find its way out.

"Our very highly trained rescue crew, along with Police and council workers spent two hours on Tuesday to get the dog out,''Mr. Whitelaw said.

Both dogs were safe and well, but understandably a little hungry and thirsty.

 Image: FinjaM/PixabayPixabay

Dozens of calls for help from the SES

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The severe weather warning for damaging winds has been lifted for the Hunter,  but remains in place for the Illawarra, South Coast and Southern and Central Tablelands.

The Illawarra has registered the highest wind gusts in the state overnight, with a 115kmph blow at Kiama, while Bellambi recorded 107k's and  Albion Park 106 ( figures provided by Bureau of Meteorology ).

Wollongong, Kiama, Shellharbour and Nowra were some of the areas needing SES help overnight.

Sharon Fox from the SES says the damage was fairly widespread."We saw 85 jobs come in overnight. Lots of trees coming down due to the strong winds. So trees down on roofs and things like that. But volunteers have done a great job, they've completed over 60 of those and will head back out this morning to complete the rest."

Meantime the State Emergency Service advises that we 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 (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) orEvoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.

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

Image source: BOM

Dozens of calls for SES help

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The Orange Army has been out in force as damaging winds continue to lash the region.

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The SES has responded to 40 calls for assistance across the Illawarra, South Coast and Highlands overnight.

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Crews worked with Fire and Rescue NSW to secure a wind damaged building adjacent to the railway lines at Scarborough.

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Yesterday, volunteers attended to 59 call outs across the Illawarra, South Coast and Southern Highlands.

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Gusts in excess of 90 km/h are expected again today before easing this evening.

We've already had some strong gusts this morning with 80kmph recorded at Moss vale and 70k's at Kiama.

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If you require assistance call the SES on 132 500

Images: NSW SES

Eight in line for Rotary emergency service awards

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The Shoalhaven has eight finalists in the NSW  Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards to be announced at the Mollymook Golf Club on Friday night.

Paid workers and volunteer finalists are Steven Angelo, Allan Brook, Danielle Carter and Alec Percival from Marine Rescue NSW, Matthew Potter NSW from Ambulance NSW, Anthony Bellette from Surf Life Saving NSW and Rural Fire Service members Wendy Roberts and Velma Walker.

Marine Rescue Commissioner Stacey Tannos and member for South Coast Shelley Hancock will present the awards at Mollymook to coincide with a live ceremony in Sydney that will be broadcast into the club via satellite.

Overall winners from the awards night will go on to represent NSW at the National Emergency Services Community
Awards to be held on Monday November 23 at Government House, Canberra with His Excellency, the Governor General, The Hon David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and Her Excellency, Mrs Linda Hurley.

Shoalhaven awards chairperson Phil Presgrave said the awards recognise emergency service personnel, both paid and volunteers, who go above and beyond what is required in their roles, whether that be volunteering at their local footy club or helping out with a community event.

He said, a a result of the bush fires and covid, some amazing stories have come out of the Shoalhaven during 2020.

 

Flooding update

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MAJOR FLOODING EXPECTED IN THE SHOALHAVEN RIVER ON MONDAY

Moderate flooding is occurring along the Shoalhaven River. Major flooding is likely along the Shoalhaven River Monday early afternoon.

The Shoalhaven River at Nowra (AHD) is likely to exceed the major flood level (4.30 m) around 05:00 am Monday. The river level is likely to peak near 4.40 m around 01:00 pm Monday with major flooding.

The Shoalhaven River at Terara is likely to exceed the major flood level (3.90 m) around 05:00 am Monday. The river level at is likely to peak near 4.00 m around 01:00 pm Monday with major flooding.

What we are expecting:
Based on the prediction provided by the Bureau of Meteorology, it is expected the following areas will be impacted by dangerous floodwaters:

• Floodwaters may inundate low lying areas of Terara Village, Ferry Lane, Lyrebird Drive Moss Street, Hyam Street, Terara Road, Bolong Road and Burrier Road.

• Floodwaters in Shoalhaven Heads may impact :

 Low lying properties on the coastal side of River Road and Hay Avenue (from Holiday
Haven Caravan Park to Hay Ave Boat Ramp)

o Holiday Haven Caravan Park

o Mountain View Resort

o Tall Timbers Caravan Park

o Coastal Palms

What you need to do:

People in areas likely to be impacted by flooding:

• Collect children, pets, items to keep you warm, food, water, torch, a mobile phone, a charger, something to attract attention and valuables like photos and important papers.

• Raise moveable items, such as furniture, as high as possible onto benches or tables, placing electrical items on top.

MAJOR FLOOD BULLETIN #11

SHOALHAVEN RIVER at NOWRA and TERARA
Issued: Monday 10/08/2020 4:20 AM

• Decide if and where you and your family will evacuate and make arrangements to go to the home of family or friends who are in a safe location away from present and potential flooding. Take your pets with you. 

• Collect or create sandbags by filling pillowcases or plastic shopping bags with sand and be ready to place them around doorways and in toilets and over drains to prevent sewerage backflow.

• Stock up on water, canned goods, batteries, fuel, gas, medicines, baby necessities and pet food. 

• Avoid storm drains and pipes, ditches, ravines and rivers. Never drive, walk, ride through, play or swim in floodwater—it is dangerous and toxic. If it’s flooded, forget it.

Farmers and businesses are encouraged to:
• Move pumps, animals and equipment to higher ground before roads close and organise for sufficient stock feed and water for your animals.

• Move poisons, waste and chemicals to high storage locations.

• Gather important business documents and records and keep them with you. 

Schools are encouraged to:
• Make contact to clarify changes in attendance or closures. The elderly, children, and people who need support:

• Carers: contact then arrange for those in your care to move to a safer place.

• Medical Facilities: ensure your staff and residents move to a safer place.

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.

Latest River Heights:

Shoalhaven River at Hillview - 8.20metres - Steady at 02:54 AM MON 10/08/20

Kangaroo River at Hampden Bridge - 6.58m - Falling at 02:50 AM MON 10/08/20

Shoalhaven River at Nowra (AHD) - 3.95m -Rising at 02:47 AM MON 10/08/20

Shoalhaven River at Terara -3.66m - Rising at 02:45 AM MON 10/08/20

Heavy rainfall causes landslips and minor flooding across the Shoalhaven

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Emergency crews are on the scene of a reported landslide on the Princes Highway.

There is also a report of a fallen tree which is blocking the Highway north of Mollymook at Corks Lane.

RMs crews are on the scene attempting got clear the slide and remove the tree.

Live Traffic NSW advised there are heavy traffic conditions and motorists should  allow extra travel time and exercise caution.

A NSW Police spokesperson said police units are at the scene undertaking traffic control.

Across the Shoalhaven,  SES crews are responding to more than 28 outstanding calls for assistance after heavy overnight rainfall, which has caused minor flash flooding.

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Ulladulla SES commander Tracey Provest said "There has been as much as 230 mm of rainfall recorded Porters Creek Dam in the past 24 hours.

"There has also been 180mm of rain also in the Manyana region which is causing minor landslips," she said.

Commander Provest said "There are a significant number of jobs at the moment where people are requiring sandbags."

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She said "SES Facebook pages at Ulladulla, St Georges Basin and Nowra  are continually updated to keep residents informed."

Commander Provest said "Numerous roads across the Shoalhaven are experiencing minor flooding, including Bawley Point Road which is close to being closed."

Commander Provest has urged motorists not to drive through floodwaters and said " Remember, if it's flooded, forget it."

Shoalhaven City Council has made the new disaster dashboard available on its website. 

The Disaster Dashboard provides information on fire and flood incidents, SES NSW advice, road conditions and power outages.

Images: Shoahaven City Council & Ulladulla SES   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: Live Traffic NSW 

Huge tree blocks Kiama driveway

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The Kiama SES Unit was called to help a resident who had a large tree fall and block their driveway.

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Upon arrival it was confirmed that the tree was not large... It.was.HUGE!!!

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Access to the property had been cut off since early Friday morning after the resident woke to see the tree had been uprooted in the heavy rain overnight. 

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The team got to work that day chainsawing the tree, so the property could be accessed by the resident.

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For emergency help in floods and storms call NSW SES on 132 500, or if life-threatening call 000.

Photos supplied

Illawarra, South Coast and Southern Highlands SES on standby

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The main rain band that has caused widespread flooding and evacuations on the state's mid and central coasts is slowing making its way south.

The Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands have all been put on alert and Andrew McCullough from the SES told us they've been preparing.

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"We're certainly expecting some heavy rain for the Illawarra."

"We've had very high falls up the coast and that system is slowly moving south, so we're asking the community to get prepared now, so clean out gutters, clean out blocked drains and make sure they park cars under cover before the storm hits."

He said similar conditions are expected in the Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands.

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"We haven't received calls for help in the Illawarra or South Coast yet."

" Our volunteers are on standby, ready to go and we've been doing preparations in the last 24 hours to make sure we've got plenty of volunteers ready to help today." Mr McCullough said.

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The only road closure at the moment is the Illawarra Highway between Tongarra Road and Albion Park Rail.

Photos: BOM, Live Traffic and NSW SES

Information stall for storm affected residents

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Wollondilly Council has organised a pop up information stall with various agencies to support storm affected residents.

The stall will be situated in Thirlmere Memorial Park tomorrow between 10am and 2pm.

There'll be representatives from Resilience NSW, Red Cross, Community Links Wellbeing, Givit and Council's Waste & Open Space teams.

Residents can find out more information about current support, potential funding, clean-up and debris issues, mental health support and donated goods.

Image: South Sydney SES

Kevin the calf rescued by Highlands SES crews

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A day and a half old calf called Kevin can thank his lucky stars for the skill and determination of  Wingecarribee and Moss Vale SES units.

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Kevin had slipped down a steep embankment into a creek shortly after he was born and Southern Highlands SES crews were called in the rescue him from his predicament.

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Although a bit cold and tired, the little bloke was reunited with his mum in a warm sunny paddock, none the worse for wear.

Images; Wingecarribee SES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man killed after fall in Budderoo National Park

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The body of a man has been found following a search of the Blue Pool in the Budderoo National Park.

About 8:30 last night, Emergency services were called to Missingham Creek – near Robertson – after reports a man, aged 26, slipped on rocks before disappearing below the water.

Officers from The Hume Police District were assisted by officers from the Lake Illawarra Police District, the Wingecarribee SES Unit, NSW paramedics, and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

The body of the 26-year-old was recovered by Police Divers about 2:45am this morning.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Image: Alan/Flickr

 

Prepare now as flash flooding forecast for the South Coast

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The Bureau of Meteorology has warned very heavy surf is likely to hit South Coast beaches tonight or tomorrow morning, leading to localised damage and coastal erosion.

It says abnormally high tides are possible, and could cause sea water flooding of low lying areas.

Water levels could reach or exceed the highest tide of the year by more than 20 centimetres, particularly during the morning high tide.

The Bureau said beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and exposed areas.

As the coastal trough that created flooding in Queensland and northern NSW moves steadily south, and there are warnings about an east coast low also developing, the SES has urged  South Coast residents to prepare ahead of predicted heavy rain and flash flooding in coming days.

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Ulladulla SES Unit Commander Tracey Provest said people should rethink their travel plans ahead of the expected deluge.

She said people should be preparing themselves and their homes by doing things including cleaning storm water drainage pits and driveway grate drains, trimming trees and branches that could potentially fall on your home or property, and fixing any damage to your roof.

"Pack up your garden furniture and check your gutters and your drains, have a plan for your pets if it's really wet, think about where you park your car because we've still got trees that are fire affected and when they get wet feet they are more likely to come down," Ms Provest said.

And the SES has reiterated warnings to never drive, ride or walk through floodwater.

Marine Rescue Commissioner Stacey Tannos urged the region's boaters to be prepared ahead of predicted flooding.

He said it was time to put on storm covers, ensure bilge pumps were working, and make sure boating plans were consistent with the forecast conditions.

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"Boaters should prepare now for possible flooding, and reschedule any plans to head out on the water," Mr Tannos said.

"Only when it is safe to do so, check your boat is securely moored or remove it from the water.

"Once rain and flooding commence, Marine Rescue NSW urges all boaters to stay off floodwater," Mr Tannos said.

"Flooded rivers have swift currents and large amounts of dangerous debris which create a life-endangering risk to boaters.

"Some debris may be submerged or difficult to see in muddy water or reduced visibility due to rain."

Images: Shoalhaven SES, 2ST newsroom, Marine Rescue

RFS and SES - it was all hands on deck!

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On Friday at approximately 2:30pm Shoalhaven Heads RFS were called to West Nowra to back up Fire and Rescue at a bush fire and got to work blacking out the edges of the fire and mopping up any hot spots.

On their way back to the station they were re-directed to a grass fire on Parma Road.

They arrived to find a fast running fire front which they quickly went to work to bring under control, however their work wasn't done.

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Friday's ferocious winds were pushing embers out of the main burnt out area onto unburned land creating spot fires.

They spent the next few hours mopping up and blacking out ANYTHING glowing or hot.

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Meantime SES crews haven't had much rest either.. with numerous call outs across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

Kiama and Gerringong were among those dealing with the strong winds overnight.

Many jobs related to damaged roofs, fallen trees and several trampolines have also been blown away.

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For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500, or if life-threatening call 000.

Photo source:  Shoalhaven Heads Rural Fire Brigade and Kiama SES

Rotary seeks local hero nominations

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You have until the end of this month to nominate a local hero in Rotary’s Shoalhaven Emergency Services Community Awards.

Awards committee chairperson Phil Presgrave says this is an opportunity to shine a light on members of our police force, fire and rescue and Ambulance Service who have gone above and beyond in the professional roles.

It also recognises volunteers of RFS, surf life saving clubs, Marine Rescue and the SES that have stepped up or been serving their community for many years.

"If people know someone that has done something really great for their community, whether it's helping with school or scout groups, whatever, we want to know about it," he said.

"These are the people that don't seek recognition, but now's a chance for them to be thanked for helping and giving back to their community."

The award ceremony will be held in June, with winners form each category going onto the State Awards to be held in August.

From there, the NSW winners will represent at the National Awards to be presented at Government House in Canberra in October.

Shoalhaven RFS volunteer Wendy Roberts was announced last year's volunteer winner and Mr Presgrave hopes other Shoalhaven emergency services personnel and volunteers can also shine.

Rotary Clubs in Milton-Ulladulla, Bomaderry, Berry and Nowra have combined to host the awards for the third consecutive year.

To nominate a local hero, go to https://www.sesca.org.au/

Photo Katrina Condie

Sandbags available for those at risk of flooding

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With heavy rain forecast over the next three days, Shoalhaven SES units are on standby.

The St Georges Basin Unit is open today (Friday) with sandbags available for residents whose properties have a history of flooding.

Sandbags will also be available for collection from the Sussex Inlet SES cache.

Call the NSW SES hotline on 133 500 for emergency assistance.

BE PREPARED

The SES reminds residents to:

Maintain your yard and balcony. Secure or store items that could blow around in strong winds

Clean your gutters, down pipes and drains regularly to prevent blockages

Trim trees and branches that could potentially fall on your home or property

Fix any damage to your roof, including broken or missing tiles

Check your insurance policy is current and adequate

Make a Home Emergency Plan for your family that outlines what you would do in an emergency

Prepare an emergency kit with essential items in case you lose power or need to leave home in an emergency

Listen to your local radio station and other media for weather warnings

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Sandbags available in the Highlands

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The Wingecarribee SES will be on high alert today with the heavy rain forecast.

There are five sandbagging stations across the shire including the community hall at Colo Vale, the corner of Wombeyan Caves Road and Old Hume Highway.

Also Stephens Park in Bowral, the Moss Vale Saleyards and just behind the RFS station at Robertson.

Please note you can no longer get sandbags from the Mittagong SES.

Unit Commander Heather Rowe has one small request.

"If anyone is taking sand, please send a text message to the mobile phone number, with your name address and how many you took

"That way we know how many to prepare for future flood events,"Ms. Rowe said.

A severe weather warning is in place across the Southern Highlands for heavy rainfall.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting between 60 and 100 mills for Bowral.

Image: Wingecarribee SES 

SES called to flood rescues

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There was chaos across the Southern Highlands yesterday due to the heavy rainfall.

The Wingecarribee SES Unit was called out to four flood rescues where people got stuck in their vehicles.

And more than 20 people have had to be removed from their homes.

Unit Commander Heather Rowe is asking people to avoid travelling on local roads.

"If you can work from home, please do so and stay off the roads,

"The pot holes are not pot holes anymore, they're craters,"Ms. Rowe said.

To stay up to date with road closures, members of the public should check live traffic or Wingecarribe Council's website.

For current warnings, check the NSW SES Wingecarribee Unit Facebook page and the BoM Facebook Page.

Image: Wingecarribee SES via Facebook

SES crews attend 100 calls for help

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Shoalhaven SES units have attended more than 100 calls for help across the region over the past few days, with city-wide operations run out of the Ulladulla headquarters for the first time.

While many Shoalhaven volunteers were lending a hand out with flooding of the area, local crews assisted with sandbagging, fallen down and leaky rooves.

Nowra, Ulladulla, Sanctuary Point and Basin View were the hardest hit.

The ground floor of a home in Ulladulla had to be pumped out after it flooded last night (Tuesday).

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SES help needed in Nowra and Ulladulla

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Calls for SES help from Nowra and Ulladulla as the wind picked up in strength overnight.

100K gusts lashed parts of the Illawarra... close to 90 kmph in areas of the Shoalhaven, with nine storm callouts for the SES in Nowra and eight in Ulladulla up to 5 o'clock this morning.

JASON SIMMS from the SES says none of the damage has been too serious.. "alot of the work is in relation to the damaging winds causing roof damage and trees or branches falling. And that also in turn has some issues with power lines where the power companies get involved. I guess the message to people today is the winds are going to continue, they will be quite strong at stages."  

The State Emergency Service 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 (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill. * For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

Photo source: NSW SES Dapto file

SES responds to damage as huge waves continue to batter South Coast

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We're in for another gusty day across the  South Coast and Illawarra with strong winds and showers forecast.

The winds will ease tomorrow but Kiama's already been lashed by an 82km/h gust this morning.

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A damaging surf warning remains in place with waves exceeding five metres expected to pound the coast until later this afternoon.

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Strong winds will continue to batter the region with the low that parked itself over the  South Coast and Illawarra late last week expected to begin weakening tomorrow.

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The SES has responded to 10 call-outs for fallen trees and branches across the Illawarra Shoalhaven over the last 24 hours.

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Gerringong and Kiama copped the brunt of the damage while a Toyota Hulix that was parked at Werri Beach fell victim to a fallen branch.

Images: Travis Winks, BOM and SES Kiama Unit

SES urges South Coast to prepare

Wet and windy conditions are expected for parts of eastern New South Wales , particularly coastal areas, with the likelihood of a Coastal Low developing, and potentially an East Coast Low.

Such a system could bring severe weather to some coastal regions over the next few days. This includes the possibility of heavy rainfall, road and riverine flooding, damaging winds strong enough to bring down trees and powerlines, and large seas resulting in dangerous beach conditions and potential coastal erosion.

This is a dynamic system, so there is still uncertainty with the exact positioning, movement and strength of the low. Know your weather. Know your risk. Make sure you stay up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings on our website http://ow.ly/Qv7c50AuDuP

Both Coastal Lows and East Coast Lows display cyclonic circulations and can bring severe weather, however East Coast Lows are more intense systems that can last for several days, as opposed to Coastal Lows that usually have a much shorter duration. 

Image : Rob Gooda

SES urging us to stay ready

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State Emergency Services are gearing up for a busy weekend ahead of forecast severe storms.

A weather warning for damaging winds, heavy rainfall and hazardous surf conditions is current from Coffs Harbour to Ulladulla.

Extra crews have been tasked to handle an expected influx of call outs.

The S-E-S  says they've had just over 16-hundred requests for assistance already.

Photo: NSW SES

Shoalhaven welcomes three new SES vehicles

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Emergency response in the South Coast region has been boosted after the handover of three state-of-the-art vehicles to the NSW State Emergency Service at Nowra and St Georges basin yesterday.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott joined the Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York to officially handover a $185,000 ‘Light Storm Vehicle’ to the NSW SES Nowra Unit, and to attend the NSW SES St Georges Basin Unit to handover a $185,000 ‘Light Storm Vehicle’ and a $90,000 ‘General Purpose’ vehicle.

Mr Elliott said the new equipment forms part of the $56.4 million NSW SES fleet replacement program funded by the NSW Government over four years.

“These volunteers are out in extreme weather events helping fellow community members during times of need,” Mr Elliott said.

“I am committed to supplying them with the tools they need to carry out their invaluable work,” Minister Elliott said.

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock said the vehicles were a welcome addition for the local communities.

“These vehicles mean the Nowra and St Georges Basin communities are protected by the best possible equipment as we head into the storm season,” Mrs Hancock said.

“The vehicles and the SES Volunteers that man them will be a welcome sight during any emergency.”

NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York welcomed the new additions, saying the vehicles will be of great assistance to volunteers in emergency response situations.

“It is crucial that our volunteers have access to vehicles that are well-equipped to combat the difficult circumstances they face during an emergency,” said Commissioner York.

“These vehicles will be used daily by NSW SES volunteers as they work to prepare communities for severe weather and support those impacted by floods and storms,” Commissioner York said.

The minister also commissioned a new rescue vessel at the Sussex Inlet Marine Rescue headquarters.

Photos supplied.

A new Marine Rescue vessel was also commissioned at Sussex Inlet. Story HERE

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Single vehicle rollover at Moss Vale

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A lucky escape for a woman who rolled her vehicle at Moss Vale.

Around 10:30am on Saturday, Emergency Services were called to Koyong Close off Suttor Road.

Crews took about 45 minutes to free the woman from the wreckage.

SES Inspector Dylan Whitelaw said she was taken to Liverpool Hospital.

"On extrication, there were no visible injuries,"he said.

And the last update we received from NSW Paramedics was the woman was in a stable condition.

Image: Wingecarribee SES/Facebook

Some flash flooding in the Illawarra as the wet continues

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The SES is reminding us to stay out of flood waters as rain continues to fall across the Illawarra, South Coast and Highlands.

One Illawarra road in Dapto experienced flash flooding overnight.. something not seen in a while.

Up to 20 millimetres of rain is forecast for the Illawarra again today as well as a late storm.

Rosemary Barr from the Bureau of Meteorology said unlike the last day and half, the rain will be much lighter.

"We'll continue to see showers across the region but we aren't expecting nearly the kind of rain fall totals we were seeing.

"This will also be in much more showery rain so it won't be quite as persistent and it'll be a lot more patchy," she said.

All up since the rain started Nowra's received close to 48 millimetres.. Moss Vale 34... and Jervis Bay the best with 58 mills since Monday.  

A shower or two is expected tomorrow and possibly again on Friday.

Image: SES Wollongong City Unit

St Georges Basin and Sussex Inlet: Evacuate by midday

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The SES has issued an evacuation order for parts of Sussex Inlet and St Georges Basin.

People living in low lying properties in the following streets have been told they need to evacuate by midday.

Sussex Inlet:

  • River Road
  • Cater Crescent
  • Banksia Street
  • Fairview Crescent
  • Nielson Lane
  • Wunda Avenue
  • Jacobs Drive
  • Poole Avenue
  • Ellmoos Avenue
  • Sussex Inlet Road

The SES says it is enacting the evacuation order because once floodwater reaches 1.4 metres at the Sussex Inlet Gauge parts of Sussex Inlet might be isolated.

St Georges Basin:

• The Park Drive,
• Mountains Street,
• Larmer Avenue,
• The eastern side of Fairway Drive
• Walmer Avenue
• Sanctuary Point Road
• Old Erowal Bay
• Page Street
• McGowen Street
• Prentice Avenue
• Island Point Road
• Graham Avenue
• Loralyn Avenue

The SES says once floodwater reaches 1.4 metres at the Sussex Inlet Gauge, parts of Sussex Inlet might be isolated.

And it says once floodwater enters St Georges Basin properties will be flooded, road access will be lost, and sewerage lines and power to the area might also be lost.

If you remain in the areas after midday, you will be trapped and it may be too dangerous for the SES to rescue you.

While predictions provided by the Bureau of Meteorology identify water levels will reach a height that will impact properties on these streets, other impacts may also be seen with the influence of wave and wind action.

If you remain in the area after midday: you may be trapped without power, water and other essential services and it may be too dangerous to rescue you.

Where to go: Stay with family, friends or at accommodation outside of flood areas. If you are unable to do so, an evacuation centre has been established at Sussex Inlet Bowling Club, St Georges Avenue Sussex Inlet, and at the Bomaderry Bowling Club.

Simple things you can do now:

Take pets, essential items, warm clothes, medicines, insurance documents and valuables with you.

Relocate other personal possessions to a safer/higher place.

Leave as early as possible to avoid congested roads.

Take drinking water and food due to possible long travel times.

Share this information with family, friends and neighbours and help others where possible.

For more information:

Listen to your local radio station,

Follow us on Facebook at /NSWSES or our website at www.ses.nsw.gov.au

Image: NSW SES

Storm season starts today

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Not only does today, mark the start of the bushfire danger period for the Wingecarribee, it also marks the start of the storm season.

The SES is expecting a wetter than normal season and Inspector Dylan Whitelaw said people need to be prepared and aware of the risks.

"Makesure your gutters are clean and that trees near your house are trimmed back and not going to cause any issues.

"When there are severe weather warnings for damaging winds, makesure any loose items are tied down,''Mr. Whitelaw said.

Image: Wingecarribee SES

 

Sussex Inlet and St Georges Basin on evacuation alert

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Flooding is expected in parts of Sussex Inlet and the areas surrounding St Georges Basin today.

The NSW SES and RFS say based on predictions provided by the Bureau of Meteorology they expect the following areas will be impacted by dangerous floodwaters:

Properties and low lying areas fronting the St Georges Basin may be affected including but not limited to:

Sanctuary Point

  • The Park Drive, Mountain Street and Larmer Avenue

St Georges Basin Village

  • Walmer Avenue, Island Point Road, Loralyn Avenue, Sanctuary Point Road

Old Erowal Bay

  • Prentice Avenue, McGowan Street, Page Street, and areas adjoining Warrawong Creek
  • Village may be cut off due to water over parts of the road from Sanctuary Point to Vincentia

Basin View

  • Basin View Parade, Boathaven Avenue, Harpers Road, Waters Edge Avenue

Sussex Inlet

  • The majority of Sussex Inlet will be impacted including multiple caravan and holiday parks, roadways and dwellings
  • Banksia Street, Cater Crescent, Ellmoos Avenue, Fairveiw Crescent, Lagoon Crescent, Lake Haven Drive, Paradise Crescent, Nielson Road, and Wunda Avenue.
  • Potential closure of evacuation routes along River Road or Jacobs Drive causing Sussex Inlet to be isolated

What you need to do:

People in areas likely to be impacted by flooding:

  • Collect children, pets, items to keep you warm, food, water, torch, a mobile phone, a charger, something to attract attention and valuables like photos and important papers.
  • Raise moveable items, such as furniture, as high as possible onto benches or tables, placing electrical items on top.
  • Decide if and where you and your family will evacuate and make arrangements to go to the home of family or friends who are in a safe location away from present and potential flooding. Take your pets with you.
  • Collect or create sandbags by filling pillow cases or plastic shopping bags with sand and be ready to place them around doorways and in toilets and over drains to prevent sewerage backflow.
  • Stock up on water, canned goods, batteries, fuel, gas, medicines, baby necessities and pet food.
  • Avoid storm drains and pipes, ditches, ravines and rivers. Never drive, walk, ride through, play or swim in floodwater—it is dangerous and toxic. If it’s flooded, forget it.

Farmers and businesses are encouraged to:

  • Move pumps, animals and equipment to higher ground before roads close and organise for sufficient stock feed and water for your animals.
  • Move poisons, waste and chemicals to high storage locations.
  • Gather important business documents, and records and keep them with you, back up computers.

Schools are encouraged to:

  • Make contact to clarify changes in attendance or closures.

The elderly, children, and people who need support:

  • Carers: contact then arrange for those in your care to move to a safer place.
  • Medical Facilities: ensure your staff and residents move to a safer place.

Note: There is potential for closure of evacuation routes from Sussex Inlet along River Road or Jacobs Drive causing parts of Sussex Inlet to be isolated.

Meanwhile the SES is advising residents in parts of Sussex Inlet and St Georges Basin to be ready to evacuate by no later than midday today.

Evacuation centres have been set up in the Sussex Inlet Bowling Club and Bomaderry Bowling Club, amid forecasts of moderate flooding in Susses Inlet and St Georges Basin this morning, and possible major flooding tonight.

People living at the eastern end  of Park Drive in St Georges Basin have been told to prepare to evacuate following concerns Tomerong Creek will become flooded and you might not be able to leave once this occurs.

In Sussex Inlet people living in Jacobs and Lakehaven Drives, River and Sussex Inlet Roads, Wunda, Poole, Ridge, Edgewater, Riveria and Ellmoos Avenues, Banksia Street, Fairview, Lagoon, Carter, Paradise Crescents, Neilsen Lane, Mary and Thora Streets have also been told to prepare to evacuate.

The SES warns roads will be cut isolating Sussex Inlet as water levels rise, and many homes might also be inundated.

It suggests people take the following steps if having to evacuate.

• Raise belongings by placing them on tables, beds and benches. Put electrical items on top.

• Collect together medicines, personal and financial documents, mementos and photos.

• If possible, check to see if neighbours need help.

• Make arrangements for care of pets or other animals, or take your pets with you when you evacuate (be sure to include a means of containing or controlling your pet).

• Take at least three days’ supply of clothing, medicines and personal hygiene products.

• If you are planning to go to the evacuation centre, take blankets/sleeping bags, pillows and sleeping mats.

• Find out where to turn off the electricity and gas.

• Continue to listen to a local radio station for updates.

Image: 2ST newsroom

Sussex Inlet residents urged to evacuate

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NSW SES is directing people at the following addresses to evacuate:


✔️Wunda Ave, numbers 5, 8, 10, 11, and 13.
✔️Elmoos Avenue, numbers 52, 54 and 60.
✔️Jacobs Street, number 120.
✔️Poole Avenue, number 4.
✔️River Road, numbers 155, 266, 270.
✔️Cater crescent, number 4.
✔️Banksia Street, number 9 and
✔️Fairview Avenue, number 9.

Note, information currently provided by the Bureau of Meteorology identifies the water level reaching a height to impact these properties. However additional impact may be seen with the influence of wave and wind action. Residents in this area, not identified above should remain alert.

👉Residents should relocate personal possessions to a safe place.
👉Leave now, leave the high danger area and move to safety

Read more https://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/
NSW SES St Georges Basin Unit

The Shoalhaven Emergency Services Community awards 2021

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The Shoalhaven Emergency Services Community awards for 2021 were announced overnight at the Dunn and Lewis Centre in Ulladulla.

Winners were NSW Ambulance officer Tara Picker, the Fire and Rescue NSW award winner was John Dun and the Rural Fire Fighter award was earned by Ronald (John) Ashton.

The State Emergency Service NSW award recipient was Allan Pheeney and William (Patch) Welch is the Marine Rescue NSW award winner.

The Shoalhaven Officer of the Year award was earned by Senior Constable Kyle Wilson from the NSW Police.

Image: Graham McGillivray

 

Ulladulla SES says cheers to their volunteers

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As part of National Volunteer Week, the Ulladulla SES is paying tribute to their hardworking volunteers.

The unit has 75 members who've been involved in 350 responses this year.

They've also spent time up at Lismore aswell as the floods in western NSW.

Commander Tracy Provest said their contribution has been invaluable.

"The last couple of years has really shown us the value of volunteering and connecting our communities,

"Through the fires floods storms and covid it's brought the community together and its helping build resilience for future disasters,"Ms. Provest said.

Image: Ulladulla SES via Facebook

Wendy Roberts is state volunteer winner

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Crossroads Rural Fire Service volunteer Wendy has been chosen to represent NSW at the National Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards.

Based at Vincentia, Mrs Roberts has been an RFS volunteer for an incredible 58 years and has helped with welfare, logistics, fundraising and catering, as well as attending many incidents throughout the region.

The honour was announced at the Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla awards night held at the Mollymook Golf Club on Friday Night.

The awards were beamed via satellite from Sydney and a huge cheer went up in Mollymook when Mrs Roberts was announced the state winner in a volunteer capacity.

A speechless Mrs Roberts said she was thrilled with the win, but felt there were so many others more deserving.

“I feel very humble, I feel everybody else has done much more than I’ve done – they’re just amazing,” she said.

“I feel what I’ve done pales in significance.”

Obviously, the judges didn’t agree and she will now represent the state at the National Emergency Services Community Awards to be held on Monday November 23 in the Bravery Garden in the ground of Government House Canberra, with the Governor General, The Hon David Hurley and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley.

Friday’s award ceremony highlighted the work of volunteers and paid emergency service personnel from the region, including NSW Ambulance, NSW RFS, SES, marine Rescue and Surf Life Saving.

The winner of the paid category was Dapto Paramedic Jessica Whittaker.

 

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Wild winds and storms lash the Shoalhaven South Coast

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Winds in excess of 130-kilometres an hour have lashed the Shoalhaven causing widespread power outages, damaging homes, closing schools and roads.

The NSW SES received more than 428 calls for assistance from Wollongong to Ulladulla and across the Southern Highlands.

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Additional NSW SES crews from across the state are assisting with the massive clean-up.

At the storm's peak, 18 thousand homes were without power across the Shoalhaven and Highlands.

Endeavor Energy emergency crews responded to more than 300 electrical hazards due to strong winds bringing trees and branches down over powerlines.

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The NSW Department of Education advises Vincentia High School and Vincentia Public School are currently closed because they have no power as a result of the severe weather.

Students are asked to learn from home with their learning packs or online when they have power.

The schools are contacting families and will advise as soon as possible about when the schools will re-open when power is restored.

Motorists are advised to check the Live Traffic App before travel.

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Wind easing, but not for long

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The wind settled down a bit overnight along the coast and highlands.

Gusts weren't as strong .. Kiama recorded a 69-kay burst at midnight, while in Nowra and Moss Vale it was around the 50 kmph mark.

The SES had 208 call outs overnight across the state, but very few locally.

One each at Kiama and St Georges Basin, two in Ulladulla and two in the Wingecarribee shire.

However nothing too serious.. mostly fallen trees or trees threatening.

Meantime another strong wind warning has been issued for the Illawarra Coast for today and is expected to be lifted to a Gale Force warning for Friday..

Photo source: Rob Gooda PowerFM/2ST news

Wingecarribee SES volunteers recognised

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The entire Wingecarribee SES Unit was honoured at the Highlands Cluster Awards Ceremony, in Mittagong last night.

Among the awardees were Warren Turner and Heather Rowe, who answered the call to help 11 people trapped in floodwaters, between waterfalls, on Macquarie Pass.

They both received the Commissioner’s Commendation for Courage.

Member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith said the Southern Highlands cluster has a long and proud history.

"They've been invaluable, not only in the recent floods, but the bushfires aswell.

"The Mittagong unit attends a large number of callouts and is one of the biggest in the state,"Mr. Smith said.

Image: Office of Nathaniel Smith via Facebook