Along with the wondrous weather that accompanies summer time, we also get the not-so-wondrous. With the rainy season just around the corner and the Shoalhaven River by your doorstep, it’s important to be well-prepared for flooding in your area.
Being knowledgeable and prepared will lead to a better response if flooding does occur this season. We’ve broken the facts into 4 main sections, to ensure this flood season will be a manageable one.
Understanding the risk in your area
The Shoalhaven City Council is constantly updating flood risk and management plans for the entire region. You can find all the updates to the flood program in your area here. Refer to these maps to learn how prone your area is to flooding.
Preparing your home
If flood warnings appear on the news in your area, these precautionary measures can make all the difference:
- Secure hazardous items.
- Roll up rugs, move furniture, electrical items & valuables to a higher level.
- Place important documents, valuables & a first aid kit into a waterproof case in an accessible location.
- Organise the safest evacuation route from your property.
- Turn off all gas & electrical appliances, as well as switchboards.
- Let friends & family know your plans.
- Get sandbags (usually available from your local council) & place them in the toilet bowl and over all drains to stop back-flow.
Responding when water comes
When floodwaters hit, be sure to keep these tips in mind. Care for yourself and your family by:
- Avoiding driving, walking, swimming or playing in floodwater.
- Identify your nearest relief centre and the safest route to get there.
- If you need to walk through floodwater, wear solid shoes and use a stick/pole to check depth & current.
- Avoid floodwaters that reach above your knees.
- Keep listening to your local ABC radio station for updates & instructions.
Recovering after flooding
When the flood begins to die down, it’s important to keep listening to your local ABC radio station for official advice and warnings. It’s also important to:
- Avoid entering floodwater.
- Not return home unless authorities have said it is safe.
- Beware of fallen power lines.
- Boil tap water before consuming until supplies have been declared safe.
- Let friends & family know where you are.
- Take photos of damages for insurance purposes.