Shoalhaven City Council is continuing the clean-up effort days after the area was lashed by heavy rains as the result of an east coast low weather pattern.
With the EOC having now closed the SES have confirmed that the evacuation order at Sussex Inlet has been lifted however there is still water over many low lying areas of the Shoalhaven.
Council outdoor staff are continuing with the urgent patching of potholes in the most affected areas.
There remains a number of areas with road degradation as a result of the severe flooding as Council urges motorists to drive safely and remain aware of potential damage over the coming days.
The majority of the area’s roads have re-opened to traffic although there may still be water over low lying areas.
Major roads including Bolong Road, Coolangatta Road, the Princes Highway and Quinns Lane have all re-opened however a number of local roads including Backforest Road, Upper Kangaroo Valley Road and Jacobs Drive remain closed.
For a full list of road closures please visit Council’s Facebook page and website.
The SES have also reported that all water, sewage and electricity is currently working across the Shoalhaven.
Council has made an application to the NSW State Government to be declared a Natural Disaster Zone. The organisation is still waiting for a determination at this point in time.
If the area is declared a Natural Disaster Zone, Council will be allocated funding to assist in cleaning up and the replacement of assets.
Businesses and local residents that have suffered damage are encouraged to work with their insurance company in cleaning up their property.
Local residents are also able to contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line for further information on disaster relief grants for content and structural repairs available to low income earners with no insurance.
Financial assistance may also be available to people affected by a disaster who are experiencing hardship and are unable to meet the cost of repairs for essential household contents or structural repairs to their homes.
The Disaster Welfare Assistance Line is 1800 018 444.
There are also a number of schemes available to those in areas declared Natural Disasters including Personal Hardship and Distress Assistance, Primary Producers, Small Business and more.
For more information on these schemes please visit www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/for-the-community/disaster-assistance
To assist in the clean-up, Council has today announced free tipping for all flood related goods until Wednesday 2 September.
Local residents wishing to dispose of flood waste must bring proof of property address through either a rates notice or other identification to one of the area’s waste depots.
Council will be opening the depots at Berry, Sussex Inlet and Lake Conjola for the whole of next week to assist in the clean-up.
The Waste Depots located at West Nowra, Huskisson and Ulladulla will also be open seven days as per normal.
The Mayor has today also announced details of the Mayor’s Relief Fund which has been set up to assist to those residents suffering extreme hardship and a loss of possessions as a result of the floods.
Local residents are able to donate to the fund by either visiting the Nowra or Ulladulla Administration Buildings or making an online donation early next week once the online system has been completed.
Local residents that have suffered extreme hardship or a loss of possession are able to apply for funding through the Mayor’s Relief Fund by contacting the Mayor’s PA, Rachel Marshall on 4429 3251.
The relief fund will not be able to accept the donation of goods.
Council is reminding local residents that water quality will still be very low and potentially hazardous to swimming, surfing and diving throughout the area.
Finally, floating debris on creeks, rivers, estuaries will make recreational boating a higher risk causing potential to damage boats and accidents.
CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 170