Only four calls for help in downpour

VOLUNTEERS from the Auburn State Emergency Service (SES) unit were in Auburn on Monday morning helping a resident after a neighbour’s tree was brought down by the overnight rain and winds.

NEARLY 80mm of rain was recorded in gauges at Sydney Olympic Park from Sunday through to 9am on Monday morning.
However while the steady rain caused some localised flooding, the Auburn State Emergency Service (SES) received just four calls for assistance, three for leaky roofs and one for a fallen tree.
However Inspector Jamie Newman warned against being complacent and urged people not to drive, ride or walk into floodwaters.
“If it’s flooded, forget it. It is never worth the risk to not only your life, but also to anyone who has to rescue you if you get stuck,” he said.
“We are continuing to monitor the weather and before a storm hits, we remind residents to move vehicles undercover and away from trees and to secure loose items around their home, including on balconies.
“Before storms hit, it’s also a good idea to cut back overhanging branches and to ensure gutters, down pipes and drains are cleared.
“In the event of storm or flood emergencies, you can always contact the SES on 132 500 or if the situation is life-threatening, call Triple Zero (000).
“The Live Traffic NSW website can also keep you up-to-date on the state of our roads.”