Weather easing but Illawarra copped the brunt

Shellharbour SES attend a fallen tree overnight. Picture: SHELLHARBOUR SES

Shellharbour SES attend a fallen tree overnight. Picture: SHELLHARBOUR SES

Since Sunday morning SES NSW has attended  900 calls..

Over the past three days SES Illawarra South Coast has responded to more than 200 calls for assistance.

The jobs include: 62 trees that had fallen or were on the brink of toppling;, 80 roofs that were leaking, 1 flood rescue of people trapped after driving through water and 14 homes that were at risk during a  flash flood.

A gale force wind warning is still in place for the ocean but the  severe weather warning has been removed. 

The Illawarra Highway at Taylor Road in Albion Park is still closed. Use Tongarra Rd and Princes Highway - expect delays. 

The Audley Weir at Sir Bertram Stevens Drive in the Royal National Park is closed.

Traffic is affected on the Illawarra Highway at Wilsons Road at Burrawang.

For the latest traffic information, visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

How things unfolded yesterday, video pics

While the worst of the rain and wind are over, the Shellharbour City SES has reminded people  that as a large amount of damage that properties sustain can be prevented by some proper preparation.

Local controller Terrie-Ann Hurt  said  the most important thing people could do was go outside and look at their properties.

“After a storm there could be broken branches and loose tiles and now is the time to act to ensure that these don’t cause further damage,” she said.

“The damaging storms may result in trees and broken branches becoming caught or being brought down and should be removed as soon as possible to prevent further damage. 

“If in doubt, the property owner should organise for a tree lopper to come out and assess the situation regarding any trees that are causing concern”.

“Property owners should also organise professional tradespeople to undertake any permanent repairs that are needed. This could be relating to things such as roof tiles, that could have become dislodged due to the winds or debris”

The SES website lists eight steps to prepare:

* Maintain your yard to ensure nothing can become a projectile in high winds (including securing trampolines)

* Clean gutters and downpipes to prevent blockages

* Trim trees and branches that could potentially fall on buildings

* Fix any damage to your roof including broken or missing tiles

* Check your insurance policy is current and provides adequate protection

* Make a home emergency plan

* Prepare an emergency kit

Listen to the local radio stations or keep up to date with other media outlets for weather warnings

For more information, go to stormsafe.com.au and for emergency help in storms contact the NSW SES on 132 500.

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