NSW SES VOLUNTEERS CONTINUE FLOOD EFFORTS THIS INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY

05/12/2022 04:00 PM

NSW SES volunteers continue to assist flood impacted communities across inland NSW as extensive flooding moves to downstream locations. A reprieve in rainfall over the last week has thankfully seen water levels begin to fall in Forbes, Condobolin, Deniliquin and Hay.

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

“While it is welcome news 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.”

“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, ” said Assistant Commissioner Dean Storey. 

Today, being ‘International Volunteer Day’ is also a day to recognise the ongoing efforts of NSW SES members who continue 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. 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,” continued Assistant Commissioner Dean Storey.

State-wide statistics past 24h through to 3:30pm: 

68 Requests for assistance

1 Flood Rescues

Total SES warnings 

55

Emergency warnings 

Watch and act 

40

Advice 

11 

 

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500. In life threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.


Media enquiries: NSW SES Media 1800 067 234 or media@ses.nsw.gov.au


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