08/04/2024 03:36 PM

Residents in the Hawkesbury Nepean are starting to return home as clean-up efforts continue following days of floods.

NSW SES volunteers have been undertaking damage assessments in Sackville, Ebenezer, Pitt Town and Colo after evacuation orders were issued over the weekend.

To date, damage assessments have been undertaken by NSW SES crews in the Northern Beaches, Illawarra and Hawkesbury Nepean area.

Residents in the Megalong Valley remain isolated following a major landslide on Saturday. A police operation is currently underway in support of residents wishing to evacuate.

NSW SES State Duty Commander, acting Assistant Commissioner Dallas Burnes, said the current focus is on resupply of isolated communities and finalising damage assessments.

“As we transition to recovery after the weekend’s heavy rainfall and storm activity, our volunteers are out in the community undertaking damage assessments and supporting community members with clean-up activities,” acting Assistant Commissioner Burnes said.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Burnes said residents who are returning home should do so with caution.

“Drive slowly, plan your route carefully to avoid any flooded roads and allow extra travel time. Damage to roads and buildings caused by flooding may still exist in your area,” acting Assistant Commissioner Burnes said.

“Be aware of road hazards including mud and debris and take care as local roads could still have water over them. Check in on your neighbours, animals and livestock if safe to do so.

“If you are isolated and require resupply, contact NSW SES on 132 500.”

To date, more than 5000 SES volunteers have been engaged across the state in support of this weather event.

If people require NSW SES assistance, please call 132 500.

There are currently 58 active warnings in place across NSW.

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

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