The Northern Beaches is known for its beautiful natural bushland, beaches and waterways. Some of these waterways are prone to flooding. Flooding affects people and property and can cause major losses including life, property, possessions and livelihood. There is a range of emergency resources that can help you plan and prepare for storms or floods.

To Report Any Emergency

  • Call Triple Zero (000)
  • If you’re deaf or have a speech or hearing impairment, call 106.

Emergency Flood or Storm Assistance

For emergency assistance during or after a major flood or storm, call the SES (NSW State Emergency Service) directly. You’ll find current flood or storm warnings in your area on the SES website or call 132 500.

How to Prepare for a Flood or Storm

If you live in a flood prone area you can get prepared using the information provided on the NSW SES website - see Flood and Storm.

During heavy rains and storms keep up with advice issued by the Bureau of Meteorology and pay attention to warnings that may affect the area you live in.

Northern Beaches Flood Watch

Northern Beaches Council's floodplain team monitors lagoon levels 24/7, and Northern Beaches Flood Watch provides the latest data on rainfall and water levels in the area. It also provides an indication if flooding is likely.

Watch out

Watch out for electrical hazards hidden in storm debris. Fallen trees and flood waters can hide fallen powerlines. DO NOT touch fallen powerlines and always assume they are live. Stay at least 8 metres away from it and anything it may be touching. REPORT fallen powerlines and call triple zero (000).

Up-to-the-minute Information on Social Media

You can follow emergency services for the latest information using Facebook and Twitter.

  • NSW SES Warringah/Pittwater Unit
  • Northern Beaches LAC
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