NSW residents urged to stay away from flood waters

By Anna Macdonald

July 4, 2022

Dominic Perrottet
NSW premier Dominic Perrottet urgied people to not drive through flood waters. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

After a flood event earlier this year, flood warnings are in place in New South Wales following heavy rain on the weekend, with Sydney’s Warragamba Dam overspilling early this morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warned on Sunday afternoon that with heavy rain expected throughout Sunday and Monday, river levels may rise, including the Hawkesbury, Nepean and Colo rivers. 

At a media conference this morning, NSW premier Dominic Perrottet asked residents to follow instructions, urging people to not drive through flood waters.

“We say this every flood event: please don’t drive through flood waters. We don’t say that for the sake of it, we say that to keep you safe,” Perrottet said. 

The premier added that 100 ADF personnel are currently based in north west Sydney to assist with efforts, with more personnel requested. 

With a hazardous surf warning in place, Perrottet stated, the government was working to rescue the 21-person crew of a stranded cargo ship off the coast of the Royal National Park, south of Sydney. 

NSW deputy premier Paul Toole thanked the emergency services for their work thus far during this period. 

Steph Cooke, NSW minister for emergency services and resilience and minister for flood recovery said an announcement from the commonwealth is expected tomorrow about flood recovery.

According to the premier, there have been 83 flood rescues so far, with evacuation warnings issued to communities in the Illawarra, Western Sydney and Hawkesbury-Nepean areas. 

The New South Wales State Emergency Services (NSW SES) has urged residents to stay away from flood waters and avoid unnecessary travel.

The BOM recommends residents near rivers and creeks to regularly check the NSW SES website for up-to-date information and warnings. 

NSW SES assistant commissioner Dean Storey echoed a similar sentiment, as he cautioned residents it was a developing situation, with events subject to change. 

“In many areas, it is still an evolving flood situation, and we may see more rain than what was originally forecast.

“If there is an evacuation warning in place, be prepared to leave. Have an emergency kit ready to go with warm clothes, important documents, medications, laptops, phones and chargers,” Storey said. 


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