POLICE and emergency services are warning the community of Griffith and surrounding areas to be prepared for overland floods which are expected to reach the area within the next 48 hours.
Residents and businesses in the Griffith CBD as well as people on surrounding properties and farms are asked to prepare for the floods which may isolate the community.
Police are asking residents to consider staying with family and friends who have not been affected by the floods or attend the local evacuation centre which is at the PCYC on Olympic Street, Griffith.
So far 256 people in the area have registered their details with 82 people staying at the local evacuation centre.
Those residents who are planning on staying in their homes are asked to be well prepared with enough clothing, bedding, food, water and fuel supplies to last for several days.
Police are urging all residents in the Griffith area to make contact with their family and friends and advise them of where you are going. They should also contact the Public Information and Inquiry Centre on 1800 227 228 to register their details and record their movements.
Residents are also advised that if they stay on their properties they may experience a loss of electricity and water supplies as well as sewerage facilities.
Deputy State Emergency Operations Controller, Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch said residents should be prepared, not complacent.
"Members of the community need to be ready for any situation and have their bags packed should the need arise to evacuate the area.
"While I urge all residents planning on staying in their homes to be prepared and have enough supplies they should not panic as fuel and food supplies are still coming into the area.
"I want to reassure the community there will be a strong police presence within the Griffith area preparing for the impending floods and protecting properties to safeguard against the prospect of thefts," said Assistant Commissioner Murdoch.
Residents in the flood-affected areas of Griffith, Hillston, Yenda, Darling Point and Narrandera should also be mindful of the dangers and health risks posed by flood waters.
Members of the community should avoid drinking from contaminated water supplies where there is a risk of parasites and waterborne diseases.
They are also reminded that floodwater can hide submerged dangers, have fast moving undercurrents and wash people and vehicles away. You should not drive, ride, walk or swim in flooded areas or swollen rivers.
Police are also reminding the community to stay informed of the current flood updates and monitor the media, including the NSW Police Force facebook site, the SES website and the Bureau of Meteorology website.
For the latest on road closures members of the community can visit the website www.livetraffic.com or contact their local councils.
Members of the public in flood affected areas should continue to listen to local radio stations, or check the websites listed below.
It should be noted this inquiry hotline does not replace the State Emergency Service emergency hotline. Members of the public seeking emergency assistance during a flood or storm should call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500, or visit their website www.ses.nsw.gov.au
Members of the public can also visit www.emergency.nsw.gov.au for a range of flood-related information. For all other emergencies, the public are advised to contact Triple Zero.
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