Record rain­fall with more tipped has SES on standby

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

LAST week­end saw record rain­fall around the re­gion and trag­i­cally the flooded roads claimed the life of a lo­cal res­i­dent.

The hor­ror of the storm should be a re­minder to mo­torists – if it’s flooded, for­get it.

Gin Gin SES act­ing lo­cal con­troller Kel­lie Bol­stad said flash floods were com­mon this time of the year. In the past week, the east coast of Aus­tralia ex­pe­ri­enced a su­per storm cell, caus­ing ma­jor dam­age across three states, the dam­ag­ing winds and rain cut roads and ser­vices.

“The SES is on standby and ready to as­sist the com­mu­nity in their mo­ment in need,” Mrs Bol­stad said.

“More im­por­tantly, we all need to be pre­pared,” she said.

Thou­sands of calls are made to the SES each year. Many re­quests for as­sis­tance could have been avoided by be­ing pre­pared.

“I en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to visit the SES web­site for lists to help you pre­pare,” Mrs Bol­stad said.

“With the pre­dicted weather fore­cast for this week I have mem­bers on standby.”

Dur­ing this time of the year the SES is kept busy clean­ing up af­ter ev­ery storm. The SES is on the hunt for more mem­bers to sign up. “If it wasn’t for the ded­i­ca­tion of vol­un­teers we wouldn’t have the ser­vice,” Mrs Bol­stad said.

She re­minded res­i­dents to pay at­ten­tion to the weather warn­ings and never cross a flooded road.

PHO­TOS: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

READY TO GO: Gin Gin SES Unit's ve­hi­cles are at the ready for any emer­gency lo­cal res­i­dents may have.

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