Emergency services urge caution as wet weather continues

WEATHER: Emergency services urge caution as heavy rainfall and storms continue across the Southern Tablelands. Photo: Matheus Bertelli
WEATHER: Emergency services urge caution as heavy rainfall and storms continue across the Southern Tablelands. Photo: Matheus Bertelli

Emergency services are reminding the community to take precautions as wet weather continues across parts of the Southern Tablelands in coming days.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has forecast rain with possible thunderstorms for the rest of the week.

The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) has reminded the community how to prepare for heavy rainfall and strong winds:

  • Prevent storm damage around property by trimming back overhanging branches,
  • Secure or store away loose items around the yard or balcony,
  • Stay clear of fallen trees or powerlines. It's also important to avoid parking your cars under trees and powerlines; and,
  • Never drive through floodwater and stay clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • Drive to the road conditions; and,
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.

NSW Emergency Operations Controller, Deputy Commissioner, Gary Worboys, said, "It has been a while since we've had significant rainfall, so I also want to remind all road users take extra care.

"The key for motorists is drive or ride to the conditions; reduce your speed to make sure there's enough braking distance between you and the vehicle in front.

"The weather will be particularly problematic for motorcycle riders and cyclists, so if you've got to be on the road, wear bright-coloured clothing, be seen by other vehicles, and share the roads safely," he said.

"Those towing vans, trailers, and boats should also exercise added caution as roads will be slippery, and visibility will be impacted.

"Most importantly, if the road conditions get dangerous - things like flash flooding, mud or landslides, debris or trees on the road - get off the road and wait somewhere away from trees, drains and low-lying areas and floodwaters," Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.

For more information, visit bom.gov.au, ses.nsw.gov.au, and livetraffic.com.

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