Know Your Risk

About Floods

Are you at risk? If you live close to a creek, river, major storm water drain or in a low‐lying area, you may be at risk from floods.

Impacts of a flood. Your property may be flooded, you could become isolated (surrounded by floodwater), access to other areas might be cut and you could lose your power, water supply and other low-lying infrastructure such as drainage and sewage may also become blocked.

Floods can pose a risk to your life. The major cause of death during floods is by people entering floodwater, that is driving, riding or walking through floodwater and also children playing in floodwater.

Floods cause damage and disruption. Every year in NSW, floods cause millions of dollars damage to property and critical infrastructure, such as roads and railways as well as to agricultural land and crops.  Floods also disrupt business and can affect communities.

If you live in an area prone to flooding it is important to prepare your family and property now before floods arrive.

Community and regional level risks 

The NSW SES manages community and regional level risks and these risks are different in each community and are often outlined in Local, Regional and State Flood Plans.  

These comprehensive plans are often summarised by NSW SES into Local FloodSafe Guides.

Specific risks for your property

It is important to know what your risks are from floods. Information specific to your property and potential flood risk may be available from your Local Council. Check their website or ask at their enquiries counter.

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