SES NSW Liverpool has provided the following update (at 9am 24 October 2022)
Heavy Rain Expected - Flash Flooding Possible
Rain is expected to intensify over the Sydney area throughout the day. This rainfall may lead to flash flooding across the Liverpool area, in particular the western areas around Austral, Rossmore and Bringelly.
If flash flooding occurs, many roads in these areas could be impacted.
NSW SES Liverpool asks that people drive to the conditions. IF IT'S FLOODED, FORGET IT
A FLOODWATCH for Minor Flooding remains in place for low lying areas of the Georges River around the Moorebank & Chipping Norton areas.
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.
As at 1.30pm Friday 7 October 2022, all Liverpool City Council Sports Grounds are closed due to wet weather and flood warnings over this weekend. 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
- For emergency help in flood or storm, call the NSW SES on 132 500.
- Call 000 (triple zero) in life threatening situations.
- For traffic conditions, please refer to www.livetraffic.com.au or ring 131 701
- For tips on preparing for floods and storms visit: www.ses.nsw.gov.au/flood-resources/before-a-flood/things-you-can-do-before-a-flood
Keep up to date with the latest weather warnings: http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/
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.
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.
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:
- Listen to your local ABC radio station
- Follow NSW SES and NSW SES Liverpool on Facebook or NSW SES's website at www.ses.nsw.gov.au
- Go to latest Weather and Warnings at www.bom.gov.au/nsw/
- Go to latest Rainfall and River heights at http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood/greatersydney.shtml
- Visit Road Closures at www.livetraffic.com.au or the LiveTraffic app or phone 131 701
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
- Flood recovery fact sheet 1 - Asbestos - cleaning and or removing asbestos containing materials
- Flood recovery fact sheet 2 - Mould and your health
- Flood recovery fact sheet 3 - Floods and Septic Tanks
- Flood recovery fact sheet 4 - Household Cleanup for after a flood or storm
- Flood recovery fact sheet 5 - Cleaning swimming pools after floods or storms
- Flood recovery fact sheet 6 - Food and kitchen clean-up
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.
The NSW Government also advises:
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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.
Translation by NSW Multicultural Health Communicatoin Service: Floodwater can make you sick
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