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Severe weather update: Monday 22 March

By Central Coast Council
Posted: 22 Mar 2021
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Following a weekend of very heavy rainfall and flooding across the Central Coast, Central Coast Council is urging residents to exercise caution when out on our roads, obey road warning and closure signs and avoid driving in and around floodwaters, with multiple local roads impacted by flooding.

The Central Coast has experienced average rainfall of 350mm over the severe weather event, with expected moderate rainfall over the next few days.

As at 5.45am this morning, flood levels at Tuggerah Lakes peaked at 1.52 metres and are currently at 1.48 metres and steady. We expect that levels may rise a little over the course of the day.

This is higher than the April 2015 event when levels peaked at 1.45 metres, but less than the February 2020 event which reached 1.67 metres and when many roads and properties were flooded.

Based on previous events it will likely stay at this level for up to 36 hours and likely not subside to below minor flood level (0.9m) at least until Wednesday.

A rapid impact assessment is currently being undertaken by the SES, with welfare checks being conducted at impacted properties. Residents requiring flood assistance or support can contact SES on 132 500.

There are currently no evacuation orders in place for any areas of the Central Coast.

The Spencer community is still isolated due to flooding. The SES and Disaster Welfare are in contact with the affected residents and continue to monitor the situation.

Council continues to closely monitor Upper and Lower Mooney Dams in partnership with the SES. The dams are structurally sound and spilling due to floodwaters. Should there be any change, SES will directly alert impacted residents.

Council is continuing to monitor the wet weather pond Wyong South treatment plant, which has been impacted by significant rainfall. There is currently no impact to nearby properties.

The Entrance Channel remains open and flowing, with an estimated width of 120 metres.

Council continues to remind the community to take care on the roads and avoid unnecessary travel. Multiple local roads are currently closed due to flooding and have been damaged as a result of the severe weather event. Please be careful and drive to the conditions.

Access to Kincumba Mountain is currently closed due to subsidence damage. Island View Dr will be closed until further notice.

Trainlines have also been impacted by the severe weather event, with rail replacement buses in place for range of travel routes.

Residents are reminded to avoid swimming and any other recreational contact with the Coast's waterways during (and for a few days after) the current significant rainfall.

The emergency toe dune protection structure installed at Wamberal in August and September last year remains intact and has not been impacted by the recent extreme weather. If properties are damaged, they should contact the SES for support.

Council continues to monitor and respond to areas across the Central Coast impacted by heavy rainfall and flooding as part of the current severe weather event.

Important contacts and links for the community:

  • For emergency help in floods and storms, contact the local SES Unit on 132 500
  • For life threatening emergencies, call 000
  • For power outages, contact Ausgrid 13 13 88
  • Residents experiencing any water or sewer concerns should contact Council immediately on 1300 463 954
  • To report road closures, fallen trees on roads or landslips, please contact Council on 1300 463 954
  • Updates on our local roads can be found on Council's Facebook page
  • For up-to-date information on transport disruptions, check travel alerts at transportnsw.info
 
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