Flood Information

SES NSW Liverpool has issued the following warning (as at  5.20pm 5 October 2022)

The NSW SES advises people in the following area(s) to STAY INFORMED about predicted Possible minor flooding on the Georges River:

- Liverpool and surrounds

The Bureau of Meteorology advises Multiple troughs will bring heavy rain and thunderstorms to much of NSW from Wednesday through to the weekend. This will cause renewed flooding over inland NSW and Hunter and Greater Sydney districts.

Coastal catchments in the Hunter and Greater Sydney districts including the Hawkesbury Nepean will see minor to moderate flooding from Saturday.
Catchments are very wet and most dams are at or near capacity.

The weather system may cause flooding for the inland catchments listed from Thursday into Friday and for the coastal catchments listed from the weekend.

Based on predictions from the Bureau of Meteorology, the following areas may be impacted by dangerous floodwaters:
- Low-lying areas along the Georges River

What you need to do NOW:
- If you have a Home and/or Business Emergency Plan, review it now. Otherwise, have a conversation and plan for what you will do and take with you if you need to evacuate.
- Consider the consequences of road and bridge closures and water over roads and make alternate arrangements for work, children, and travel.
- Obey all signs about road closures and instructions from emergency services.
- Never drive, walk, ride through, play or swim in flood water - it is dangerous, toxic, and may void your car insurance. If it's flooded, forget. Fines may apply.
- Avoid storm drains and pipes, ditches, ravines, creeks, and rivers.
- People in areas likely to be impacted by flooding should raise their assets, including
waste and chemical containers above expected flood heights.
- Share this information with family, friends, and neighbours and help others prepare
where possible.
- If you are likely to be isolated due to flooding, stock up on essential items now.

For more information:
- Listen to your local ABC radio station which can be found at reception.abc.net.au.
- Follow us on social media @NSWSES or visit our website at www.ses.nsw.gov.au
- Learn about your risk at www.ses.nsw.gov.au/your-risk/
- Check latest weather, warnings, rainfall and river heights at bom.gov.au/nsw/
- Check road closures at livetraffic.com.au or 132 701 or below

Did you know that the NSW SES has a new online tool to keep track of the warnings in our area? Check it out here it's as simple as looking up your address.

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500. In life threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

This is an Advice level warning. The NSW SES utilises the Australian Warning System to warn communities about severe weather and flooding. Learn more about the warning levels and what they mean for you at www.ses.nsw.gov.au/warnings

Current road closures as of 9.30am  on 6/10/2022 include:
- Gurner Avenue, Austral
- Cambridge Avenue, end of Moorebank Avenue, Holsworthy
- 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue, Austral - water over road
- May Avenue, Austral - water over road
- Wynyard Avenue, Rossmore - water over road

Please be sure to check weather and road conditions before you leave home. If you don't need to go anywhere, please stay home.

Please DO NOT pass or go around barricades or road closure signs as they are there to keep you safe.

Remember if it's flooded, FORGET IT! Roads not listed may still be inaccessible and/or dangerous due to the ever changing situation.

We will continue to update as soon as new information becomes available.

For road closures information:
- Visit www.livetraffic.com.au
- Download the LiveTraffic App
- Phone 131 701

As at 2.30pm Thursday 6 October 2022, all Liverpool City Council Sports Grounds are closed due to wet weather and flood warning. This decision will remain in place unless noted otherwise.

Business Support for Flooding

Financial support of up to $50,000 is available for small businesses or not-for-profit organisations in NSW which were directly impacted by the storms and floods in June and July 2022. Applications will need to be completed via Service NSW and are only available to eligible businesses in flood affected LGAs of which Liverpool is one.

The maximum grant amount available is $50,000.

To claim amounts of up to $25,000, you will need to provide:

  • a list of the direct damage and the costs associated
  • photographic evidence of the direct damage.

If you are applying for more than $25,000, you will also need to provide evidence of payment for the completed works for the entire amount of funding for which you are applying. This could include tax invoices, receipts or a copy of a bank statement or bank transfer.

For more information and/or to apply online visit the Service NSW website.

Liverpool City Council continues to support the work of the State Emergency Service by keeping the community informed regarding current severe weather conditions.

Please visit the NSW SES website ses.nsw.gov.au or call 132 500 if you need assistance with evacuation or damage to your home. If the situation is life threatening, please call triple-zero (000).

Please be sure to check weather and road conditions before you leave home in the morning. Please DO NOT pass or go around barricades or road closure signs as they are there to keep you safe and remember when walking, riding, driving, or playing, if it's flooded, FORGET IT!

When flooding is likely to cut evacuation routes or inundate property, the NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) issues an Evacuation Warning to indicate that Residents should get prepared to evacuate. Being prepared will allow Residents to respond quickly if an Evacuation Order is issued.

What you need to do:

  • 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 you area
  • Remain vigilant as there could still be water in low lying areas
  • Take care as local roads could still have water over them.
  • Stay with family, friends, or at accommodation outside of flood areas. If you are unable to do so an evacuation centre has been established at Cabra-Vale Diggers, 1 Bartley Street, Canley Vale, NSW 2166

If your property has been affected by floodwater:

  • Make sure your property is safe before entering. Check for damage to windows, walls and the roof and be careful of potential dangers including asbestos.
  • Make sure the electricity and gas is turned off before going inside. Use a torch to carry out inspections inside buildings
  • If power points, electrical equipment, appliances or electrical hot water systems have been exposed to floodwater, or are water damaged in any way, they must be inspected by a qualified electrician before use
  • Gas appliances and gas bottles that have been exposed to flood water should be inspected for safety before use
  • Wear suitable protective clothing, including boots and gloves when cleaning up
  • Be aware of any slip, trip or fall hazards
  • Never eat food which has been in contact with floodwater
  • Only use clean utensils and personal items
  • Have a supply of fresh drinking water

Keep up to date with the latest weather warnings: http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/

For emergency assistance in floods and storms call NSW SES Liverpool on 132 500.
If the situation is life-threatening, immediately call triple zero (000).

POTHOLES

Residents are being asked to help us further support the community through these severe weather conditions.

If you're out driving and spot a pothole, please report it to Council by:

  • Lodging a My Customer Request here; or
  • Calling Customer Service on 1300 36 2170.

TREES

Contact the State Emergency Service by visiting their website or calling 132 500 to report fallen trees.

You can log any concerns about potentially dangerous trees with Council by calling 1300 36 2170.

Calls will be logged and prioritised.


WILDLIFE

Native animals can be dispersed in events such as major flooding.

The RSPCA advises that if you see a snake in your garden or house, do not try to catch or kill it. Contact a licensed snake handler to have it removed.

If you find animals injured or in distress, contact WIRES wildlife rescue.


CONTAMINATED MATERIAL

A large flood event can expose buried contaminated material. Council needs your help identifying such material, but please do not disturb or try to remove contaminated material if you find it.

Notify council of any contaminated material or hazards that have arisen in public areas as a result of flooding.
Call 1300 36 2170.

Please note that Council will attend to all requests for assistance in order of priority.

For more information:

Early July 2022 floods

The Australian Federal Government has advised that disaster assistance is now available in 23 local government areas (LGAs) following severe storms and flooding from 27 June 2022, which continue to impact large areas of Sydney and the New South Wales coast.

The LGAs are Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Canterbury Bankstown, Campbelltown, Central Coast, Cessnock, Fairfield, Georges River, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Kiama, Lithgow, Liverpool, Northern Beaches, Penrith, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Sutherland, The Hills, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly and Wollongong.

Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

For more information, visit the National Recovery and Resilience Agency website by clicking here.

Feb/March 2022 floods

  • A one-off lump sum Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is now available if you've been affected by the recent floods and live or work in Liverpool, an eligible local government area (LGA). You have until 3 September 2022 to make a claim. For more information, visit the Services Australia website by clicking here or call 180 22 66.
  • The Liverpool LGA has been disaster declared following severe weather and flooding in NSW. For information on what support and assistance are available from the NSW Government click here or call Service NSW on 13 77 88.
  • The Western Sydney Migrant Resource Centre is providing Emergency Financial Assistance for eligible individuals on a temporary visa (including asylum seekers) who are in need as a result of the flooding (or disaster). Please contact them on  8778 1200 and ask for flood relief support. Or you can fill in this form online

SES NSW advises the following when returning to your property after it has been affected by floodwater:

  • Make sure your property is safe before entering. Check for damage to windows, walls and the roof. Make sure electricity and gas is turned off before going inside.
  • If power points, electrical equipment, appliances or hot water systems have been exposed to floodwater or are water damaged in any way, they must be inspected by a qualified electrician before use.
  • Gas appliances and gas bottles that have been exposed to floodwater should be inspected for safety before use.
  • Wear protective clothing, including boots and gloves when cleaning up.
  • Be aware of any slip, trip or fall hazards.
  • Never eat food which has been in contact with floodwater.
  • Only use clean utensils and personal items and have a supply of fresh drinking water

For more information click here.

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The Insurance Council of Australia advises the following:

  • Safety is the priority - don’t do anything that puts anyone at risk.
  • Only return to your property when emergency services give the go ahead.
  • If water has entered the property, don't turn on your electricity until it has been inspected by an electrician.
  • Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to lodge a claim and seek guidance on the claims process.
  • Don’t worry if you can’t find your insurance papers, your insurer can still help you.
  • Let your insurer know if you’ve sustained roof damage, your insurer will arrange emergency works to minimise any hazards and prevent further damage.
  • You can start cleaning up (but see NSW SES notes above about protective clothing etc) but first take pictures or videos of damage to the property and possessions as evidence for your claim.
  • Keep samples of materials and fabrics to show your insurance assessor.
  • Remove water or mud-damaged goods from your property that might pose a health risk, such as saturated carpets and soft furnishings. (Please see above note from SES NSW about what do when cleaning)
  • Make a list of each item damaged and include a detailed description, such as brand, model and serial number if possible.
  • Store damaged or destroyed items somewhere safe.
  • Speak to your insurer before you attempt or authorise any building work, including emergency repairs, and ask for the insurer’s permission in writing. Unauthorised work may not be covered by your policy.
  • Do not throw away goods that could be salvaged or repaired.
  • Do not drive your vehicle if it has suffered water damage.

For more information from the Insurance Council click here.

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> Floodwater can have sewage, chemicals and rubbish that can cause serious illness and injuries
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