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NSW SES: Know your risk this long weekend

As the June long weekend approaches, the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is asking people to make safe and sensible decisions amid the severe weather conditions that have affected parts of south-eastern NSW and metropolitan Sydney.

NSW SES has carried out 39 flood rescue operations in the past 24 hours. Most of them were people driving on flooded roads.

River flooding is currently occurring along the Hawkesbury, Nepean, Georges and Colo rivers, with moderate to major flooding possible in North Richmond overnight. Moderate flooding is possible at Menangle and Windsor this evening.

NSW SES is advising residents of Chipping Norton and parts of Camden to prepare to evacuate. Door-to-door notifications have been initiated to inform residents of their risks and urge residents to evacuate for their safety. Further advice for communities on the Hawkesbury Nepean is expected to be released later today.

Minor flooding is possible in other parts of the state, including the Shoalhaven River, St Georges Basin, the Hastings River and the Cooks River, which will be accompanied by high tides this evening.

NSW SES Acting Deputy Commissioner Dallas Burnes said while conditions were starting to improve elsewhere in the state, it was important people remained vigilant this weekend.

“Numerous roads have experienced flash flooding, and it is likely that potholes, debris and damage will be present on the roads,” Deputy Commissioner Burnes said.

“We urge all residents to stay informed by checking live traffic updates and closely monitoring local weather conditions. If you encounter a flooded road, turn around and find an alternate route. Never drive, walk or play on flooded roads.”

In the past 24 hours, the NSW SES deployed 391 volunteers to respond to more than 470 storm and flood-related incidents.

“During this long weekend, we are encouraging people who are unfamiliar with the area they are in to download the Hazards Near Me app and set up a waiting zone for their vacation destination,” Deputy Commissioner Burnes said.

For flood and storm assistance, call the NSW SES on 132 500 or contact 000 in life-threatening situations.

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