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NSW south east gets ready for more rain and possible flash flooding

Monday August 18, 2014 - 09:40 EST
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Emergency services are preparing for more wild weather in the New South Wales south east.

A number of low pressure systems are bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the region.

Flash flooding is a possibility and surf conditions are being described as dangerous.

Towns along the coastal fringe have received between 50 and 80mm with Bega recording 58mm since 9am yesterday and Batemans Bay 75mm.

People at Wallaga Lake near Bermagui reported that hail was falling around 5.30am today.

The Unit Controller of the Moruya State Emergency Service, Peter Collins, says they are ready for the worst.

??We've got our flood technicians on standby,?? he said.

??If somebody gets stranded in rising water or fast flowing water, that's when we'd go out and we've got technicians who are trained to perform flood rescues.??

Mr Collins says flash flooding is a possibility.

??You should always be prepared with an evacuation plan, just in case,?? he said.

??You should always have a torch ready with whatever documents you would need if you had to evacuate in low lying areas.

??And just be ready and just be conscious of the trees around your house, they could fall on your house.??

The Bureau meteorology says the south east may have missed most of the predicted high winds.

Duty forecaster, Sean Carson says the worst affected areas will be north of Batemans Bay.

"What we haven't seen yet is the strong winds and that will eventuate today," he said.

"There are quite a few low pressure systems out there.

"It looks like the northern area from Batemans Bay north will be the worst affected today for heavy rain and possible damaging winds.

"And some pretty large seas developing throughout the day as well but still some more rain to come throughout the remainder of the south east, mostly coastal but some reasonable falls occurring throughout the Monaro and Snowy Mountains."


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