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Bureau forecast puts SES crews on alert

ses wingecarribee january 14 2022

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 

Information stall for storm affected residents

wollondilly storms october 28 2021

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

Lifesavers on standby as storms approach


With hazardous weather conditions forecast to impact the NSW coastline from today, surf lifesavers are urging the public to exercise caution.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Hazardous Surf Warning and a Marine Wind Warning for the NSW coast from the Eden Coast to the Coffs Coast.

The hazardous weather conditions are forecast for today, Tuesday 19, and tomorrow, Wednesday 20 January.

Conditions will be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, surfing and swimming. People should consider staying out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.

Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek a safe location that is sheltered from the surf. 

Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Steven Pearce says conditions along the NSW coast will become hazardous today and tomorrow and he is urging the public to take extreme caution near the coast. 

“A low-pressure system is making its way north up the NSW coastline and is producing high winds and large surf. It’s creating hazardous conditions for swimmers, surfers, rock fishers and boaters,” he said. 

“We are urging members of the public not to engage in coastal activities that might put them at risk as surf conditions intensify. Please only swim at a patrolled location and if beaches are closed and the flags are down, don’t take the risk." 

With sea swells of up to three metres (6-8ft) and strong winds forecast, there is a threat of possible beach and coastal erosion.

Tides will be moderate through the week, with modest highs during the late afternoon in the 1.4 – 1.6 metre range.

As a gazetted emergency service organisation, Surf Life Saving NSW has call-out teams, Duty Officers and surf rescue assets on standby.

The Sydney-based Surf Rescue 30 offshore rescue boat and Surf Rescue 40 and Surf Rescue 50 jetboats, based in Ballina and Kiama, are on standby to respond to critical coastal incidents. 

Severe storm cell wreaks havoc in Wollondilly

wollondilly storm 1 october 25

The Southern Highlands dodged a major bullet at the weekend.

Around 6.30pm on Saturday, a severe storm cell passed through the Wollondilly Shire, causing significant damage to homes in the Thilrmere and Tahmoor areas.

There have been more than 250 requests for assistance.

There were only two jobs in the Wingecarribee.

Incident Controller Dylan Whitelaw said cleanup efforts are expected to continue well into this week.

"We're asking people to remain patient,

"We will get to everyone,"Mr. Whitelaw said.

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Image: Wingecarribee SES Unit


Severe weather warning in place

bom october 14 2021

A severe weather warning is in place for damaging winds, giant hailstones and heavy rainfall.

According to the map the Coast and Highlands could be in the firing line.

The State Emergency Service has the following advice:

* Move your car 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.

Image: Bureau of Meteorology

Shoalhaven Council prioritises clean-up efforts following east coast low storm


Shoalhaven City Council is reassuring the community that clean-up works are a priority following the impact of the east coast low across the Shoalhaven region.

Council staff will focus on clearing trees and debris on roads over the next couple of days so that they can be opened as soon as possible.

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley said the impact of the east coast low storm has been significant and predicted a long clean-up ahead for those who have been impacted.

“The storm has impacted many towns right across the Shoalhaven. I wish to thank the community for their patience and understanding as Council staff start the massive task of assessing damage and triaging information received from the emergency services and the public”, Clr Findley said.

“We appreciate that this can be a frustrating time for the community. Council staff are working as quickly as possible to reinstate access for individuals to their homes and properties and are busy clearing fallen trees”, Clr Findley said.  

“In particular I would like to recognise the tireless work of Council and SES staff, many who worked late into the night in pretty awful conditions”, Clr Findley said.

Council wishes to remind motorists to adhere to closed road signage to allow Council staff to complete urgent clean-up work across the Shoalhaven.    

To keep up to date with road closures caused by the storm or to report a problem,  visit Council’s Website.

Image: Supplied

Shoalhaven Police - If it's flooded, forget it!


The Bureau of Meteorology have advised that the weather will be unsettled for most of this week.

There is the chance of storms across most of NSW today.

The BoM are advising that more heavy rain is expected throughout the week from the Hunter down to the Illawarra with the chance of widespread rain over Sydney.

Remember: if it’s flooded, forget it!

Never drive, walk or ride through floodwater.

There are simple things you can do to help protect your family during a storm:


Photo source: Shoalhaven Police

Showers and thunderstorms forecast for entire week

bowral flood 2 march 22

You might want to keep your umbrella handy, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting showers and storms for the entire week.

The conditions will settle slightly tomorrow, but another trough is expected on Thursday and Friday.

Forecaster Stephen Stefanak said rainfall amounts could be varied.

"We can expect a few millimetres each day for the remainder of the week, but there's the potential of storms bringing in 30 to 40 millimetres,"he said.

In the 24 hours to 9am last Thursday, Moss Vale recorded nine millimeres of rain and 21 millimetres the following day.