Strathfield's SES heroes cope with flood of emergency calls as deluge brings down trees

Strathfield SES in action during the past bad weather
Strathfield SES

Fallen trees, flash flooding and damaged roofs have meant Strathfield’s valiant SES volunteers were “swamped with calls” this week.

But despite the state receiving a month’s rain in 48 hours, our local SES heroes rose to the task.

“Our teams have been hard at work on Tuesday and Wednesday assisting households”, Strathfield SES Local Controller Darrin Parkin said.

They received eight calls for help at 7:00pm on Wednesday alone, according to a statement.

“We’ll also have our volunteers on stand-by for further operations on Thursday and Friday,” said Mr Parkin.

His crews are monitoring the Cooks River for any flash flooding risks, but at this stage Mr Parkin believes residents need not be concerned.

“Locals can rest assured that Strathfield SES volunteers are monitoring the Cooks River for any changes in height that could affect nearby residents”, he said.

The wild weather was caused by a slow moving trough lying across the northern half of the NSW coast generating heavy rainfall across parts of the South Coast, Illawarra, Sydney Metro, Hunter and Mid North Coast forecast districts. 

The Bureau of Meteorology advises that conditions should be clearing by the weekend.

But Mr Parkin advises care.

“Residents should check their yards for hazards and call the SES on 132 500 if they require assistance.  Some of the older trees in our local area show signs of movement when the ground softens after several days of rain, so even after the storm passes it pays to be on the lookout for any changes.

“There are also some low-lying parts of Strathfield where roads can be temporarily cut by water due to drainage issues. 

“If you’re on the road be aware of changing conditions and allow extra time for your journey.  As always, never walk, ride or drive through floodwater of any kind – it’s not worth the risk.”

For emergency assistance in floods and storms call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500. For life threatening emergencies, call 000 (triple zero). 

Anybody interested in joining Strathfield SES should contact the Headquarters on ‪(02) 9763 2144‪.

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