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Monday, 10 January 2022

Council continues to assess dangerous trees and clean up storm debris from public land due to the 19 December storm.

Our reserves and pathways are all open. However, we continue cleaning up fallen trees and debris from some locations. We discourage people from climbing on or under fallen trees. 

Should a tree fall from public land onto private property, the owner should engage their insurance company. Council does not clean up fallen trees on private property.

A storm of this magnitude usually takes some months to clean up. We plan to assess all trees that have been registered as dangerous by next week and complete the cleanup by the end of January, at which stage we will be able to assess the total tree removal and debris. 

Extra kerbside and vegetation waste services for affected residents ran until 4 January. Residents may continue to take up to 300kg of vegetation to Kimbriki free of charge. 

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Friday 24 December, 10am

It’s a huge clean up and despite over 50 crews working since Monday morning, we still have a lot of work ahead of us.

Crews are continuing to clear roads and debris, assess and remove dangerous trees and remove tonnes of fallen vegetation.

A huge amount has been done and we ask for patience as we continue to work street by street to remove all the hazards. We expect we will still be working on the clean up well into January.   

Narrabeen Lagoon Trail has reopened apart from the South Creek entry point off James Wheeler Place, Wheeler Heights, around to Jamieson Park, Narrabeen. This area requires specialist work by qualified arborists to ensure the area is safe. 

A massive shout out to Bayside, Blacktown, Central Coast, Willoughby, Ku-ring-gai, Georges River, Cumberland and Sydney City councils for supporting our efforts with crews and utes, compactors and chipper trucks.

And of course to our local emergency services – SES, RFS and NSW Police and Ausgrid – all of who have put in a herculean effort to get emergency work done and power restored. 

Residents can continue to take their storm debris to Kimbriki free of charge until 4th January. Any larger vegetation can be placed on the kerb for Council collection up until 9th January.  

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Wednesday 22 December, 10am

Council continues to work closely alongside other agencies in the storm clean up and now also have crews assisting from six other council areas in an effort to get as much of the clean-up work done this side of Christmas as possible. Thanks to those crews for helping us with the massive clean-up!

All Council facilities now have power and have reopened, apart from Narrabeen and Dee Why Children’s Centres which are now closed for the Christmas break.

Narrabeen Lagoon Trail and Stony Range remain closed for trail clearing and tree safety assessments.

Only around 900 residents are now without power thanks to the round the clock efforts of Ausgrid crews. Libraries are available for people to bring chargers to power up their devices and Warringah Aquatic Centre is open for hot showers for those who need it.

Kimbriki continues to accept storm debris waste free of charge and residents.

A reminder for all to be cautious near large trees which may dangerous due to weakened branches.

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Tuesday 21 December, 4pm

Northern Beaches Council is asking the NSW Government to declare the Northern Beaches LGA a Disaster area to assist in extensive clean-up efforts resulting from the storm on Sunday afternoon.

CEO Ray Brownlee said a Disaster Declaration allows affected communities and individuals to access a range of special assistance measures to support the clean-up and restore critical infrastructure.

“Sunday’s storm has resulted in numerous homes damaged, roads blocked and power outages,' Mr Brownlee said. 

“It is requiring a massive and coordinated clean-up effort from multiple agencies which is expected to continue for many days yet.

 “We have over 50 crews working alongside others from SES, RFS and FRNSW and have additional assistance from six other Councils.

“All are working hard to get homes, roads and public areas cleared before Christmas.

“This is being felt hard by business and residents who had Christmas plans abandoned last year thanks to the Northern Beaches COVID lock down.

“We are asking for NSW Government to support our Council, local businesses and residents to be able to access Disaster funding and support to assist as the clean-up and recovery continues.”

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Tuesday 21 December, 11am

The clean up continues today with crews working to clear roads and public areas and assess dangerous trees.

Many are still without power and Ausgrid teams are working around the clock to get the power on as soon as they can. A limited supply of ice is available at Collaroy Surf Club for emergency medicine and other urgent needs until stock runs outs. 

Kimbriki continues to accept storm debris waste free of charge.

Our libraries are open and available for people to bring chargers to power up their devices and showers are available at the Warringah Aquatic Centre for those still without power.

Dee Why Library now has power and will reopen at 1pm. 

Please be cautious around trees which may be storm damaged as crews continue to assess the damage.

Council areas/facilities remaining closed due to safety issues or power outages:

  • Narrabeen Lagoon Trail
  • Narrabeen and Dee Why Children’s Centre and Cromer Vacation Care
  • Community centres in North Narrabeen, Cromer, Collaroy Plateau 

The community is also encouraged to check in on vulnerable neighbours who may be still be without power or otherwise need assistance.

Contacts

  • For life-threatening situations: call Triple Zero '000'.
  • For emergency storm assistance or emergency accommodation – SES 132 500
  • For fallen powerlines - Ausgrid 131388

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Monday 20th December

Following the storm yesterday Council stood up the Incident Management Team – a team of experts from across Council tasked with working with emergency services, assessing the damage, addressing traffic issues and coordinating the clean-up.

Over 50 crews are in the field today on traffic control, tree and debris removal, bushland and walking trail assessment and other clean up efforts.

We are supported by a team from Ku-ring-gai Council and others from Georges River and Willoughby have kindly agreed to assist tomorrow. Recovery efforts are expected to continue through this week.

We are working very closely with all other agencies including SES, RFS, FRNSW and NSW Police.

Residents who have been affected can drop off storm debris at Kimbriki free of charge.

Our libraries, apart from Dee Why, are open and available for people to bring chargers to power up their device. 

Please be cautious around trees which may be storm damaged as crews continue to assess the damage

Affected Council public facilities remains:

  • Narrabeen Lagoon Trail has been temporarily closed while we complete safety assessments
  • Narrabeen and Dee Why Children’s Centre and Cromer Vacation Care are closed to assess the damage and risk from fallen trees also currently no power
  • Dee Why Library has no power and is closed
  • Community centres in North Narrabeen, Cromer, Collaroy Plateau and the Tramshed are closed as there is currently no power at these facilities

A huge thank you to all staff and agencies who worked through the night last night to clear roads and assist with emergency efforts.

The community is also encouraged to check in on vulnerable neighbours who may be still be without power or otherwise need assistance.

Contacts

  • For life-threatening situations: call Triple Zero `000'.
  • For emergency storm assistance or emergency accommodation – SES 132 500
  • For fallen powerlines - Ausgrid 131388

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Sunday 19 December 

We are working closely with emergency service agencies to assess and clean up after the storm that caused significant damage in a number of Northern Beaches suburbs this afternoon.

There are numerous power outages, traffic lights out and road closures.

The Narrabeen Lagoon Trail has been temporarily closed while safety assessments are conducted on the condition of the trail.

Narrabeen and Dee Why Children’s Centre and Cromer Vacation Care will also be closed tomorrow to assess the damage and risk from fallen trees.

Kimbriki will recieve storm debris from affected properties without charge

We are assessing a number of our reserves and bushland areas in the affected suburbs - please be cautious if you are entering bushland areas. 

NSW SES have 27 crews working to clear trees and attend to roof damage in the area with over 300 jobs. Support is also being provided by both FRNSW and NSW RFS.

Ausgrid emergency crews are working to safely restore power to around 25,000 homes. They advise that customers are likely to be without power well into the evening as crews work through the damage. Life support customers are encouraged to review their Plan B, and call Ausgrid on 131388 if they have a concern.

If you see a fallen powerline, even in a blackout, you should always assume it is live, stay at least 8 metres away and call Ausgrid on 131388.

The community is also advised to avoid non-essential travel while crews work on the clean up.

Contacts

  • For life-threatening situations: call Triple Zero `000'.
  • For emergency storm assistance or emergency accommodation – SES 132 500
  • For fallen powerlines - Ausgrid 131388

 

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