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Wollongong City Council

One in three Wollongong properties at risk of flooding

Thursday 6 February 2020

With one-third of properties in the Wollongong region at risk of flooding, residents should be preparing for heavy rains tomorrow and over the weekend.

Our city’s location between the mountains and the sea means flash flooding can often happen as water travels down the escarpment towards the ocean.

Wollongong City Council Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery AM said: “Like bush fires, storms and flooding can be extremely dynamic and unpredictable in nature.

“Large volumes of water can move down our streams and water courses in a very short time. Stay well clear of any waterways or storm water drains.”

“If you live in an area prone to flooding it is important to prepare your family and property now before floods arrive.

“Never drive, walk, ride through, play or swim in floodwater.”

The NSW State Emergency Services website has important information about what to do before, during and after a flood.

“If you don’t already, follow the Illawarra South Coast NSW SES page on Facebook for updates and information,” Cr Bradbery said.

“If you don’t have Facebook, check for updates on their website. Tune your radios to ABC, they are the national emergency broadcaster and have the most up-to-date information. For emergency help in flooding or storms call 132 500 or triple 000 if it is life-threatening.”

Council has an extensive stormwater and flood risk program which includes ‘debris control structures’ to decrease the risk of stormwater blockage, and the purchase of properties with a very high risk of flooding.

Council also works with the SES and other organisations, providing information on local flood risk. Our crews are on standby to work with the SES and ensure safety in the event of any road closures.

For more information on floods and stormwater please visit Council's website.