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Upper Hunter Shire urges residents to prepare as wet weather set to continue

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With the La Nina weather event being declared, Upper Hunter Shire Council is urging residents to follow the SES tips to get themselves ready for potential flooding.

"Be prepared – that’s the main message from the SES as rain is expected to continue all summer long," Upper Hunter Shire said.

"The SES also encourages residents to make a Home Emergency Plan, which ensures residents can reduce the damage to property and possessions."

UHSC will continue to prepare and respond to wet weather events, however, with more than 8000 square kilometres to cover, Council staff will be working hard to prioritise and address issues.

“If you spot an issue, please send it to the relevant services,” UHSC General Manager Greg McDonald said.

“If there are roads that need to be closed, please contact Council on (02) 6540 1100 or our after-hours number (02) 6540 1199, or if it’s a non-Council emergency then please call 000 or the SES (for flood and storm events) on 132 500.

“If there has been a rain event it may take longer for our after-hours service to answer as they may have a lot of emergencies. We will help you as soon as we can.”

Motorists are also reminded to not drive through floodwaters – no matter how safe it appears.

During wet weather events, Upper Hunter Shire Council will update road closures via Facebook in the first instance.

For advanced weather warnings keep an eye on http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/

For more information, visit flood and storm preparation visit https://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/get-involved/get-ready-nsw/

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