The NSW SES continues to respond to requests for assistance from the flooding and damaging winds hat affected New South Wales last week.
The Service has now received at total of 21501 requests for emergency help, an increase of 365 with over 90% of the requests for assistance now cleared.
The SES in this period has received 37299 calls and undertaken 172 flood rescues.
A small number of properties in the Hunter remain isolated by floodwater in the Hinton Area, Torryburn and Hillsborough.
Ausgrid have advised that power has been restored to all but 280 customers.
Overnight heavy rain has commenced on the North Coast and the Mid-north Coast of the State. There have been 59 requests for assistance. The worst affected areas have been the Karuah Valley and Coffs Harbour with leaking roofs the main issue.
The NSW SES has deployed 811 personnel in the field, with the SES being assisted by the Victoria SES, ACT SES, SA SES, Tasmania SES and the Rural Fire Service, Country Fie Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.A Severe Weather Warning for heavy rainfall for the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, and Northern Tablelands, and damaging wind and surf for Northern Rivers (wind and surf due late Friday due to easterly winds) has been issued.
A Flood Watch for rivers from the Queensland border south to Nelson Bay, for minor to major flooding across various catchments has been issued.
People living and working along rivers and streams in the affected area areas are asked to lift pumps and relocate livestock and equipment to higher ground. If isolation is likely, stock up now on food, fuel, medicine and other essential items.
As flash flooding is a possibility, people are asked to not drive, ride or walk through floodwater. With 172 rescues over the past week the SES is imploring people to stay out of floodwater. Remember, if it’s flooded, forget it.
The NSW SES has one helicopter stationed at Maitland to assist with resupply. There are also several helicopters deployed to the north east of the State in preparation for the severe weather.
Ahead of the expected severe weather the SES urges people in affected communities to get their StormSafe and FloodSafe plans updated, including checking their roof, gutters and trees around their home and business.
For emergency Help in a flood or Storm Call 132 500.
In life threatening situations, Call 000 (TRIPLE ZERO)
Never enter floodwater and do not go sightseeing.