2 March 2012, 1:39AM AET
As a result of the flood level predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology the NSW State Emergency Service recommends that residents of low lying properties and caravan parks located on both sides of the Hawkesbury River between Windsor and Wisemans Ferry be prepared to evacuate within the next 24 hours with evacuation possibly as early as tomorrow morning.
Residents should monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate when instructed to do so. A Flood Evacuation Order will be issued by the NSWSES, if evacuation is required.
Wherever possible, people should go and stay with family or friends, or make other accommodation arrangements. For people who need assistance, evacuation centres will be set up by Community Services. Details of the location of these centres will be provided should an evacuation be required.
The NSW SES recommends the following further actions:
- Owners of movable caravans be prepared to relocate at short notice
- Owners of non movable vans or homes secure their vans by tying them down to prevent flotation and isolate power to the van
- Raise belongings by placing them as high as possible in the van or home.
- Collect together essential medicines, important documents, mementos and photos to take these with you.
- If possible, check to see whether your neighbours need help.
- Make arrangements for care of pets or other animals or take pets with you to an evacuation centre along with their food.
- Turn off the electricity and gas.
- Take three days’ supply of clothes with you.
- Do not drive or walk through floodwater.
- Continue to listen to a local radio station for updates.
Further Information for Residents:
- For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSWSES on
- 132 500
- In a life-threatening emergency call
- 000 (triple zero)
- Public Information Centre Phone 1800 227 228
- Road information, Contact your Local Council or the RTA
- 132 701
- Rural Animal & Livestock Assistance call
- 1800 814 647
- You can find more information on the River condition from the Bureau of Meteorology website at www.bom.gov.au
Stay safe and dry.