SES busy with 14 calls for help

NEARLY 100mm of rain fell in gauges at Bankstown Airport, while gauges at Canterbury Race Course recorded 109mm from Sunday through to 9am on Tuesday morning.

Volunteers from the Bankstown and Canterbury State Emergency Service (SES) Units each responded to 14 weather related calls for help, mostly for leaky roofs, overflowing gutters and damage caused by fallen trees and branches.
Canterbury SES Commander Lenore Nelson said their unit also sent a strike team to help SES crews at Ulladulla.
“They will be there to help out for a couple of days as the area was pretty badly impacted,” she said.
While the steady rain did cause some localised flooding, Mrs Nelson said their unit’s specialist rescue teams had not been called into action as yet, however she warned against complacency and urged people never to enter floodwaters for any reason.
“If it’s flooded, forget it,” she said.
“Find another way around, and don’t put your life at risk.”
Bankstown SES Commander David Niven also reminded residents to take preventative action before storms hit, by moving vehicles undercover and away from trees and securing loose items around their home, including anything sitting on balconies.
“It’s also a good idea to cut back overhanging branches and to ensure gutters, down pipes and drains are cleared,” he said.
“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).”

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