The Hills Shire Council is urging residents to prepare now for natural disasters – days before the summer season kicks-off – after a warning was issued by Western Sydney SES for the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley on Friday, November 26.
As a result of heavy rainfall in the area, the emergency service announced that minor flooding is likely to occur around 6pm this evening for the Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers, as well as Colo and Macdonald Rivers. Warragamba Dam is also expected to spill later tonight.
Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said now was the time for residents to start activating their flood plans.
“We saw how devastating these floods were when they impacted the region in March – causing widespread devastation and destruction for residents and businesses alike,” Mayor Byrne said.
“Today’s warnings from Western Sydney SES means we must continue to remain vigilant and be flood prepared.
“Those who live and work within the low-lying parts of our Shire, I urge you to begin your flood preparations, like ensuring drains and gutters are clean, consider moving your belongings to higher ground and know your evacuation plan inside and out,” Mayor Byrne added.
Mayor Byrne encouraged all residents to have an emergency plan in place, especially those located near the Hawkesbury River and other areas prone to flooding and bushfires.
“The Bureau of Meteorology has declared a second consecutive La Nina weather event, which means we will see heavy rainfall across the region. And with Warragamba Dam at 99.6 per cent capacity, there’s a chance that The Hills Shire could be impacted by floods for the second time this year,” Mayor Byrne said.
“The Hills has also been impacted by severe storms and is prone to bushfires, that’s why it’s important to know the risks of the area and to put a plan in place so that you and your family understand what to do if a disaster does strike,” Mayor Byrne added.
For more information, visit the NSW SES website: www.ses.nsw.gov.au.