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Sunday Morning Flood Update

24 February 2013, 9:06AM AET


The heavy rain moved through Sydney overnight, with severe storms and damaging winds and heavy rain. The Severe Weather Warning has been adjusted to just the South Coast for heavy rain and damaging winds.

The focus for the NSW SES today is divided between the floods on the Mid-north Coast and the storm damage that occurred in the Sydney and Illawarra overnight.

In Kempsey the Macleay River peaked at around 7am at 7.1 metres. The peak was slightly lower than the originally forecast peak of 7.3 metres. At this height water has overtopped the levee and entered the CBD. There has been little or no inundation of property, although water continues the enter the CBD area. Downstream extensive rural isolation continues.

At Port Macquarie/Settlement Point the flood peak is expected at 9am of 1.8 metres. This may result in some properties being affected by flooding. Settlement Point is isolated

At Taree, the flood peak has been significantly reduced to 3 metres. Warning for possible evacuation was undertaken overnight in low lying areas around Wingham and Taree. No property inundation has been reported.

On the Hawkesbury-Nepean minor flooding today will cause some local road and bridge closures as well as closure of vehicular ferries.

In most other areas floodwaters are falling. Isolation remains a concern with around 20,000 cut off across the north and mid-north coasts. The NSW SES is monitoring isolated areas and will provide resupply or medical evacuation if required.


Overnight there was significant storm activity in Sydney and the Illawarra. Local intense storms with reported ‘mini-tornados’ in some location caused localised significant damage. The worst affected areas where around the Eastern Suburbs, Narellan and Kiama.

In Chifley and Malabar over 40 calls for assistance have been received. Damage included a trampoline blown into powerlines, trees and branches down and roof damage. The St Andrews Primary School suffered damage to several buildings. A local RSL club was also damaged.

In Narellan and Mount Annan there was localised damage from a severe storm. This damaged over 70 properties with a retirement village suffering some roof damage to some residential units.

At Kiama over 75 properties were damaged with damage to the Fire Station as well as to the local leisure centre.

NSW SES crews, supported by Fire and Rescue NSW and the RFS will be undertaking temporary property repairs.


The NSW SES has undertaken 66 flood rescues. The majority of these requests for assistance have been from people who have deliberately entered floodwater. The NSW SES urges people to not drive, ride or walk through floodwater. There was one rescue in Sydney overnight (Toongabie – persons in car) and one on the Central Coast (Yarramalong – a man on roof of horse shelter).


For information on road closures call Roads and Maritime NSW on 132 701 or visit www.livetraffic.com

For information on being FloodSafe visit www.floodsafe.com.au

For information on being StormSafe visit www.stormsafe.com.au

For the latest weather information and visit the Bureau of Meteorology at www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings


Safety Messages

·            Never drive through floodwater.

·            Avoid low lying areas as well as rivers, creeks and storm water drains

·            Move to higher ground if bad weather sets in

·            Don’t go sightseeing – you’ll be getting in the way of our volunteers

·            Stay up to date with the latest traffic information at livetraffic.com

·            For emergency help in a storm or flood call the SES on 132 500

·            Dial 000 in a life-threatening situation

·            Public Information Inquiry Centre 1800 227 228


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