Flood Preparation and Action
Fairfield City Council’s location on the Georges River means we can be prone to flooding due to heavy rainfall. The scale general used to classify floods is:
- Minor – causes road closures and traffic disruptions only
- Serious – affects residential areas
- Severe – affects homes, shops and factory areas, evacuations of low lying properties
- Very severe – extensively affects homes, shops and factories, evacuations of many residential areas and substantial damage to property and facilities
- Extreme – unprecedented damage/levels of flooding, massive damage to property and facilities, widespread evacuations of residents in life-threatening conditions.
The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is responsible for dealing with floods in NSW. During a flood, SES volunteers are responsible for flood safety advice, evacuation, rescue and the provision of essentials to people cut off by flood waters.
The State Emergency Service and energy suppliers recommend that residents take the following steps when flooding and/or storms hit or are close:
Flood Preparation Measures
- Find out if your house or business could be affected by flooding
- Work out a safe route in case you need to evacuate
- Keep your local emergency numbers handy.
- Have an emergency kit prepared.
During Heavy Rainfall
- Listen to your local radio station for warnings and advice. Ensure your neighbours are also aware and keep in touch in case they need your help
- Secure objects that might float away and cause damage - Move garbage containers, chemicals and poisons beyond the reach of water
- Switch off appliances and electricity supply at the mains (meter box) even when it has been reported that power has been cut off in your area
- Stack your furniture and other possessions beyond the reach of water – place electrical goods on top of any piles
- Check your motor vehicle and keep it full of fuel.
When evacuating and moving to safe ground
- Treat all power lines as live, stay at least 8 metres clear. Look out for wires low hanging or on the ground, dangling in flood waters or tangled in trees
- Do not drive across fallen power lines or if they become entangled in your vehicle remain inside your vehicle and call/wait for help
- When travelling by boat through flood waters, keep a good distance from power lines and poles. If your boat is wooden or fibreglass, do not touch the water or metallic parts of the motor when near power lines or poles.
- If you are at home, stay there until advised otherwise
- Avoid using electrical or gas appliances
- Avoid driving or walking through flood waters - don’t try to return home until you are sure it is safe
- Don’t drive on roads that have been closed