FIRST RESPONSE: Heather and Neville O’Malley are in the SES Tabulam.
FIRST RESPONSE: Heather and Neville O’Malley are in the SES Tabulam. Susanna Freymark

SES respond to thousands of jobs during major storm

NSW SES volunteers responded to more than 10,000 jobs during the major storm event at the beginning of this month.

The majority of jobs related to storm damage, leaking and damaged roofs and trees down.

A total of 292 flood rescues was reported during this event.

In the Northern Rivers, flood evacuation warnings were issued for Tumbulgum, South Murwillumbah, Ocean Shores, South  and North Lismore.

SES volunteers had to rush to the rescue of a person who attempted to drive through flood water on Eltham Road at Eltham.

Richmond Tweed SES media liaison Inspector Boyd Townsend told the Northern Star that the community could help volunteers by listening to the advice of the SES and other emergency services and staying up to date with any warnings.

"And if people have an interest in assisting their community, perhaps they could join a volunteer organisation, whether it’s the SES or Rural Fire Service, and consider perhaps joining and becoming part of that team that does help the community," he said.

"All volunteer organisations are always looking for volunteers and extra people to make it easier for people that are already there.

"When we do get major events like this, the more people that can help the better."

Insp Townsend said people needed to take heed of the power of moving water and stay clear of it during floods.

"People have died in those situations where cars have been washed off causeways," he said.

"It might not look too bad to the eye but if you put some reasonably moving water against the side of a car, it doesn't take much to actually lift the car.

"You don't know what damage has happened to the road surface underneath and, because you don't know how deep it is, people will drive into those areas, find that it's too deep, the car will stall or they potentially fall into a wash-away."

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132500.

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