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Heavy rain in NSW prompts safety warning

WITH heavy rain and flooding occurring in and around parts of NSW, police are urging motorists, residents and businesses to stay informed and be prepared.

All towns and communities across NSW are asked to be prepared and monitor the media, including the NSW Police Force facebook site, the SES website, the Bureau of Meteorology website and Livetraffic.com and ABC radio broadcasts.

Police say don't wait till a flood warning is issued - be prepared and be resilient.

They also say don't take risks and put yourself and emergency service personnel in danger and remember "if it's flooded - forget it".

Region Emergency Operations Controller, Assistant Commissioner Jeff Loy, said roads are closed for a very good reason: they are flooded and dangerous!

"We are appealing for motorists, and members of the public to never enter floodwaters or cross flooded causeways," he said.

"It is extremely dangerous for them and for those who have to rescue them. Floodwater can have fast moving undercurrents that can wash people and vehicles away.

"Everyone should always remember to never drive, ride or walk through floodwater."

When you need assistance;

• 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
• For the latest on road closures members of the community can visit the website www.livetraffic.com.
• For weather warnings check www.bom.gov.au/
• Dial Triple Zero (000) in life-threatening situations.
Evacuation Centre - Raymond Terrace:
• Senior Citizens Centre at Boomerang Park, on the corner of William and Irrawang Streets, Raymond Terrace. For further information check www.ses.nsw.gov.au

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