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Spared worst but 14 calls for aid in deluge

GAUGES at Canterbury Race Course recorded 109mm of rain from Sunday through to 9am on Tuesday morning, with volunteers from Canterbury State Emergency Service (SES) Units responding to 14 calls for help.

Canterbury SES Commander Lenore Nelson said most of the call outs were for leaky roofs with a couple related to fallen trees, and they had 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, 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.”
She said people help minimised damage to their homes by trimming overhanging branches and ensuring gutters, down pipes and drains are clear, and before storms hit they should move vehicles undercover and away from trees and secure any loose items around the home, including anything sitting on balconies.
In the event of storm or flood emergencies, call the SES on 132 500 or if the situation is life-threatening, call Triple Zero (000).

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