The Central Coast experienced peak rainfall of 400mm in the recent weather event, and the flooding was declared a natural disaster by the State and Federal Governments. Trees may be unstable as a result of the significant rainfall. Residents should call SES on 132 500 should their property be impacted by fallen trees.
For information on the storm recovery efforts, including assistance for our community and information on waste disposal, visit our Storm recovery on the coast page.
SES crews received more than 1,130 requests for assistance across the Central Coast and undertook welfare checks with affected properties.
Impacted residents can contact Disaster Welfare Assistance on 1800 018 444 for post event assistance.
At 5.45am on Monday 22 March, flood levels at Tuggerah Lakes peaked at 1.52m. Wednesday 31 March, the lakes have returned to normal range (0.38m). Council staff are continuing to assess impacts and undertake repairs and clean-up activities in our role to support recovery.
The peak of 1.52m, was higher than the April 2015 flooding event when levels peaked at 1.45 metres, but less than the February 2020 event which reached 1.67 metres when many roads and properties were flooded.
Building impact assessments have been undertaken by the SES, supported by RFS and Fire and Rescue, along with welfare checks conducted at impacted properties. Residents requiring flood assistance or support can contact SES on 132 500.
Council undertook precautionary channel maintenance on the morning of Friday 19 March 2021, The Entrance Channel remains open and flowing. At the time of the event the channel was over 60m wide. This is significantly wider than it was at the commencement of the February 2020 flood event. The minor channel maintenance work removed a small amount of sand on the north side of The Entrance Channel to allow for a more direct flow path of predicted floodwaters. Heavy machinery is on standby nearby should any further unforeseen works be required.
Hawkesbury River levels peaked on 26 March 2021 at 3.69m under moderate flood levels at Wisemans Ferry.
River communities within the Central Coast region experienced localised flooding from Gunderman through to Spencer and Wendoree Park.
SES advised the river was hazardous and dangerous with submerged debris.
Water and sewer services
Due to the significant rainfall experienced across the Coast, a number of properties have had water and sewer services impacted. Council thehas now restored all rainfall impacted services within network.
Residents are encouraged to please let us know immediately if you are experiencing any water or sewer concerns by calling 1300 463 954.
For all current dam water levels please go to lovewater.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au
For all current water service interruptions please go to centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/wateroutages
Roads and transport
Since the event commenced on Thursday, 18 March 2021 we have filled over 3,000 potholes (noting some of these were temporary due to the rainfall conditions at the time and will require further repair).
Residents are asked to please obey signs and do not move any road barriers or signage – these are for your own safety and that of others.
For information on our recovery actions, visit our Storm Recovery on the Coast news page
Waste collection services are also continuing in accordance with normal scheduled days and increased resources have been allocated to manage the increase numbers and volumes of bulk kerbside collection bookings made for the week. This may include collections continuing into Saturday and possibly into next week for flood impacted areas.
For information on excess flood waste collection and disposal for flood affected properties, visit our Storm Recovery on the Coast news page.
Residents are reminded that while clean-up of debris is well underway there may be large dangerous objects in our waterways as the floodwaters continue to reach the ocean. This is expected to continue over the coming weeks. Residents and visitors should take care when in, around and on our waterways.
There has been significant debris along our beaches as a result of the floodwaters coming down from the upper Hawkesbury River.
If you’re considering a swim and want to know if your beach is safe to swim today, Beachwatch provides daily pollution forecasts. For more information and to subscribe to daily feeds, find your beach under Central Coast Beaches on the Beachwatch website. The Beachsafe website is a great resource for checking the status of local beaches.
Parks and Open Space (including sportsgrounds)
Council staff have reviewed all impacted parks and reserves to determine impact and have commenced clean-up activities.
Playground sites have been reviewed for safety and soft fall requirements, and we have commenced clean-up activities.
For updates on power outages across the Coast visit the Ausgrid website or call 13 13 88 for assistance.
Take care out there
Residents and motorists are reminded during storm events to:
- Drive to the conditions of the day.
- Listen to local radio stations for updates and advice.
- Never ride, drive or walk through floodwater - if it's flooded, forget it!
- Avoid swimming and any other recreational contact with the Coast’s waterways during (and for a few days after) the current significant rainfall conditions. Extended heavy rainfall increases the risk of our waterways being impacted by pollution due to stormwater run-off, which can be extremely dangerous.
- Call the SES on 13 25 00 for emergency help in floods and storms.
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