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Friday, 17 January 2020

Rain and thunderstorms are expected across Sydney over the coming days, with Saturday predicted to bring heavy rain to the Northern Beaches. Residents and visitors should be aware that flooding may occur.

To ensure you are prepared before and during rain events, you can check our flood warning network for real-time rainfall records and water levels in our lagoons.

Flash flooding (flooding that occurs quickly during heavy rain) can occur anywhere and warnings may not be possible. It is important to keep a close eye on the weather and understand the conditions that cause flash flooding and be ready to act early.

We have been out checking our lagoons and have lowered the sand berms across the entrances of Curl Curl and Dee Why Lagoons to minimise the risk of elevated water levels. Our officers are constantly monitoring conditions and are alerted digitally if a quick response is required.

All flood waters can be dangerous. You should never enter or drive through flood waters.

The SES FloodSafe website can help you prepare for and deal with flooding in your area.

During a flood or storm emergency, call the SES on 132 500.

Please be aware that this rain will not break the drought and Level 2 Water Restrictions are still in place.

During this intense and changing summer weather, we are reminded of this beautiful and truthful passage from Dorothea Mackellar’s 1904 poem, My Country.

I love a sunburnt country
A land of sweeping plains
Of ragged mountain ranges
Of droughts and flooding rains
I love her far horizons
I love her jewel sea
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me

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