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GUNNEDAH SHIRE 2021 FLOODING EVENTS

In early December 2021, Gunnedah was impacted by significant flooding. The floods have officially been declared a Natural Disaster, impacting on people across the Shire, including householders, business owners and primary producers. The floods also caused significant damage to Gunnedah Shire’s bridges, roads, footpaths, parks, sporting grounds, causeways and other infrastructure. The damage assessment and repairs will take some time, and we ask for your patience while this work goes ahead.

To help you prepare for and stay safe during a flooding event, and to recover effectively, here is some useful information.

 

PREPARING FOR FLOODING EVENTS

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Get Ready for flood events in five simple steps:

  1. Know your risk. Think about the area you’re in and how the flooding events may impact your home.
  2. Plan now for what you will do. Sit down and talk with your family and plan for what you will do if a disaster affects your.
  3. Get your home ready. Prepare your home by doing general home maintenance and checking your insurance coverage.
  4. Be aware. Find out how to prepare, what to do if there is a disaster in your area or while you are away on holidays and connect with NSW emergency services or keep on top of news reports if travelling so you can stay informed.
  5. Look out for each other. Share information with your family, friends, neighbours and those who may need assistance.

For more information, visit the State Emergency Service.

 

USEFUL CONTACTS DURING A FLOOD EVENT

  •  Flood emergency assistance - State Emergency Service (SES): 132 500.
  • Weather warnings, rainfall and river heights – Bureau of Meteorology: www.bom.gov.au or 1300 945 108.
  • Local road closures - Gunnedah Shire Council: (02) 67402100 or https://bit.ly/3nR9Bv2
  • Live Traffic NSW: www.livetraffic.com 
  • Stormwater drainage issues https://bit.ly/3oOG1FV
  • Rural animal and livestock assistance – Local Land Services: www.lls.nsw.gov.au 
  • Gunnedah Police: (02) 6742 9099
  • For life threatening emergencies call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

RECOVERING FROM A FLOOD EVENT

To assist you with navigating all of the different agencies available to assist you, the Gunnedah Local Flood Recovery Committee has prepared a list of contacts.