The rain has arrived on the South Coast and there’s more wet weather on the way with parts of the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley expected to get up to 185mm over the next two days.
The NSW State Emergency Service is urging people in the South East to prepare their homes and not to drive through flood waters should flash flooding occur during forecast heavy rain this week.
Dean Narramore from the Bureau of Meteorology said the South Coast was expected to get around 45mm of rain today with another 120mm expected to fall tomorrow.
“On Wednesday the focus will shift from Western NSW into the central and South Coast of NSW where we could see between 50-100mm and even isolated falls of up to 150mm,” Mr Narramore said.
“This includes places like Merimbula, Wollongong, Batemans Bay and down towards Mallacoota.”
The Bureau of Meteorology has advised a broad trough is expected to bring widespread rainfall across NSW, with severe thunderstorms and locally heavy falls for the next few days.
This rainfall may cause flooding along rivers in parts of the New South Wales South Coast Rivers.
The weather system is expected to cause flooding for the catchments listed from Wednesday.
Flood watches are current for the Bega, Tuross, Moruya and Deua rivers.
Minor to moderate flooding is expected tomorrow along the Bega River, with minor flooding also for the Moruya, Deua and Tuross Rivers.
People in low lying areas are being asked to be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.
NSW SES has personnel and assets pre-positioned to respond in the South Eastern Zone, where the weather these conditions are expected to impact the most.
NSW SES Senior Manager of State Operations, Chief Superintendent Dallas Burnes, said additional resources had been deployed ahead of the expected weather, including flood rescue technicians, aviation assets and high clearance vehicles.
“It’s important people prepare, by doing simple tasks around their home to minimise the impact of storms,” Chief Superintendent Burnes said.
“Trimming trees around your property, securing loose items in your yards, moving your cars under cover and cleaning your gutters will help minimise the impacts of strong winds and significant rain.”
South Coast locals and visitors are being urged to download the Hazards near Me App which includes flooding information and follow the safety advice below.
Flood Safety Advice:
This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and streams must monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.
Flood Warnings will be issued if Minor Flood Level is expected to be exceeded at key sites along the main rivers for which the Bureau of Meteorology provides a flood warning service.
Severe Weather Warnings will be issued or updated if very heavy rain is forecast or observed.
For the latest flood and weather warnings see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/
For more information on the Flood Watch Service: www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices
FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.nsw.gov.au
For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500
For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately
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