Flood safety message: Know your risk, prepare

Flashback to March 2011 when Bega was hit with the worst flooding in 40 years.

Flashback to March 2011 when Bega was hit with the worst flooding in 40 years.

NSW SES volunteers have been kept busy responding to more than 1600 flood-related tasks across the state, despite the weather tending to drier conditions.

June is NSW SES FloodSafe month and a timely reminder for people in the Illawarra South Coast region about the dangers of floodwater, especially driving, riding, walking through and playing in floodwater.

In the past 12 months, NSW SES volunteers attended to 213 flood-related tasks in the Illawarra South Coast region, many of which were entirely preventable.

 “Our region has many flood risks from riverine flooding in the Shoalhaven and Bega Valley to flash flooding in the northern Illawarra,” acting region controller Ashley Sullivan said.

“It’s important for people not just in these areas, but everywhere, to know their flood risk and plan for when floods happen.

“Only two years ago we saw 70 per cent of NSW in flood – that’s an area equivalent to the size of Spain,” Mr Sullivan said.

“Even though we are experiencing drier conditions now, floods can still happen and we need to be prepared for them.”

By preparing now, people can help themselves minimise the impact of floods.

“Knowing your flood risk and developing a home or business flood plan is part of that preparation,” Mr Sullivan said.

 “Knowing what to look for when flooding is likely, including warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology and the natural signs of flooding like heavy rainfall will help you know when to activate your plan to help minimise any possible impacts from floods.

 “By following these simple tips, you can significantly reduce your personal and property loss associated with floods,” he said.

More FloodSafe information can be found at www.floodsafe.com.au.

* For emergency help in a flood or storm, call the NSW SES on 132 500. Call 000 (triple zero) in life-threatening situations. 

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