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Heavy rain is forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) over the next few days. The BOM also forecast the potential for a low pressure system to develop off the southern or central coast on Friday or Saturday causing large swells. There is the potential for flooding in coastal areas.

 

Given the forecast, Council predicts a flood watch will be issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for Shoalhaven River and St Georges Basin/Sussex Inlet and it is expected that smaller river or lake systems will also be impacted by flooding. Storm erosion along our coast is also expected if the low pressure system worsens.

 

During expected floods, Council’s role is to manage the river and lake entrances to minimise the risks to residents in accordance with Entrance Management Plans. Council is monitoring lake heights and information provided by the BOM and SES. The SES is the lead response agency in storm events.

 

Current update:

 

Shoalhaven Heads

The Shoalhaven River entrance area at Shoalhaven Heads is closed and the current water level is 0.051m at 4:30am Friday.  The area was surveyed this morning.  This confirmed the dry notch is below the required level of 2m AHD.  The dry notch is a low point in the dune which is maintained by Council to aid a mechanical or natural entrance opening by reducing the amount of sand requiring removal during an entrance opening.  Machinery and operators have been placed on stand-by at Shoalhaven Heads should entrance intervention be required and it is safe for the operator and machinery to access the site. Council has also been liaising with NPWS in regard to shorebirds, who have advised that there are no shorebirds nesting in this area.

 

Tabourie Lake

The entrance is currently closed.  The entrance opening water trigger level is 1.17m AHD.  The current water level is 0.550m AHD at 6:15am.  It is possible that the lake trigger level will be reached due the amount of rainfall predicted.

 

Machinery and operator have been placed on standby to open the Lake should the trigger level be reached and the ocean is lower than the Lake and the area is safe for access by operators and machinery.

 

Council has also been liaising with National Parks and Wildlife Service in regard to shorebirds, who have advised that there are no shorebirds nesting in this area.

 

Burrill Lake

The entrance is open therefore no entrance opening works are required.

 

Conjola Lake

The entrance is open therefore no entrance opening works are required. 


Swan Lake

The entrance is currently closed with the water level at 0.432m AHD at 5:00am Friday.  The entrance opening water trigger level is 2.5m AHD.   Therefore no action is required at this stage.  Machinery will be on call over the weekend to open the Lake, should the trigger level be reached and the ocean be lower than the Lake and the area is safe for access by operators and machinery.

 

St Georges Basin/Sussex Inlet

The Bureau of Meteorology provides flood warnings for the St Georges Basin catchment.  No flood watch has been issued as yet.

 

Council will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.

 

Road closures can be monitored on the Council’s website at www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au under the Latest News section.

 

Mayor Amanda Findley said that local residents should prepare themselves and their homes for the impending weather event. “I urge all residents to be cautious and do not drive or walk through flooding areas,” said Mayor Findley.

 

“High tides are likely to add to the risk of sea water flooding low lying coastal areas and very heavy surf is likely to lead to localised damage and coastal erosion.”

 

“Beach conditions will also be dangerous so I urge people to stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.”

 

“It is also important that local residents drive safely on the area’s roads and do not drive or wade through water over roads or flood waters.”

 

The Mayor said residents should check the NSW SES website for directions on how to be prepared before, during and after a storm – visit www.stormsafe.com.au  For emergency help during flood or storm call the SES on 132 500.

 

Some useful websites

 

Preparing for storms- Information on the SES website should be used to prepare yourself and your homes for storms.

http://www.stormsafe.com.au/

 

Bureau of Meteorology warnings

http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/

 

Bureau of Meteorology forecast rain

http://www.bom.gov.au/jsp/watl/rainfall/pme.jsp

 

Bureau of Meteorology one hourly rainfall recordings

http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDN60155.html

 

Bureau of Meteorology – MetEye

http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/

 

Bureau of Meteorology water level gauges

http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDN60144.html

 

Manly Hydraulics Laboratory water level gauges

http://new.mhl.nsw.gov.au/users/Shoalhaven/

 

Safety Warning issued to Clean Up Australia participants

 

Shoalhaven City Council is encouraging local residents participating in Clean Up Australia events this Sunday, 5 March 2017 to take extra care if cleaning up around waterways in the Shoalhaven.

 

Clean Up participants should be mindful that some sites may not be safe, especially those located in or around waterways.

 

Site coordinators should carry out a risk assessment prior to commencing their Clean Up.

 

If the planned Clean Up event cannot be carried out safety, the event should be delayed or cancelled. 

 

Groups who have registered their site with Clean Up Australia have until 13 March 2017 to use their tip waiver.

 

Mayor’s End of Summer Pool Party

The Mayor’s End of Summer Pool Party at Nowra Aquatic Park will continue should there be rain on Sunday from 10am – 1pm.  Free entry and free waterslides.

 

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