SOUTH WESTERN NSW ON ALERT FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND FLASH FLOODS

06/01/2024 06:36 PM

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning for severe thunderstorms and flash floods across the southern portion of NSW, starting from this evening and lasting until Tuesday.

This weather pattern poses a high risk of flash flooding and storm damage to the Upper Murray, Murray River regions, The Edward River, and the Riverina.

NSW SES urges residents and visitors in these areas to review their flood plans and take precautions to protect themselves and their properties from the potential impacts of the extreme weather.

Flash flooding can occur anywhere at any time and affect roads, bridges, and crossings. Storms and floods can also disrupt essential services such as electricity, phones, internet, water, and sewerage.

Southern Zone Duty Commander Superintendent Shane Hargrave said NSW SES crews were well prepared to respond.

“We understand that this is not the ideal way to spend the holiday period, but being prepared for the wet weather is crucial,” Superintendent Hargrave said.

“By taking the time now to prepare your homes, check on your neighbours, stock up on essentials, and review your emergency plans, you can reduce the stress and anxiety caused by these unsettled weather events.

 “We also remind all residents and visitors to be careful with their travel plans and avoid driving through flood waters at all costs. Flash flooding is a serious threat, and any rescue is one too many.”

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