Understanding and preparing for flooding


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Monday, 8 February 2021


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On the anniversary of the February 2020 storm events which saw significant rain, abnormally high tides as well as flooding around Tuggerah Lakes, Council has launched an animation that explains what happened and how. 

The animation is designed to build awareness of how rainfall, tides and large swells interact and how these impact on flooding in the lakes.

Teams from SES, NSW Fire & Rescue, RFS and Council assisted with the clean-up, street-by-street in flood affected and storm damaged areas across the Coast, focused on making areas safe for the community and clearing debris from roads, footpaths and public spaces across our local government area, our lakes and coastal foreshores, including disinfecting all public toilets, sport ground amenities and public buildings, playgrounds and barbeque areas that were in flood affected areas.

The massive clean up effort included the:

  • distribution of 100 food hampers to people on the Coast in need (working with community outreach)
  • collection of 5,791 tonnes of additional storm waste
  • clearing of 2,663 tonnes of wrack from foreshores
  • inspection of over 2,400 trees with the majority requiring removal (responding to over 800 customer requests in relation to storm damaged public trees)
  • collection of over 1,200 tonnes of kelp and debris from beaches (from Terrigal to Ocean Beach)
  • set up of additional kerbside collections
  • opening of facilities for people experiencing power outages:
    • leisure Centres and Pool for showers
    • libraries for people to recharge phones and other devices and use the computers or Wi-Fi. Umina Beach Library also helped fill flasks of hot water.

The Office of Emergency Management, Disaster Welfare also opened Recovery Information Centres at The Entrance, Blue Haven and Mangrove Mountain, with Council staff and other agencies on hand to assist affected residents experiencing difficulties as direct result of the flood and storm event.

As a community, it’s important that we all prepare for possible extreme weather events, including floods. Check out our video below and visit our Get ready for extreme weather page for more information. 

Over the next two weeks we will also be seeking community input into three Floodplain Risk Management Plans and studies - for the Woy Woy, Davistown and Empire Bay and Northern Lakes catchments. We encourage the anyone who lives or works in the area to review the plans and ‘Have Your Say’.

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Last updated : Mon 8 Feb 2021