STORM WARNING | SES urge residents to be prepared

On the way: Storm clouds over Cabramatta on Monday. Picture: Chris Lane
On the way: Storm clouds over Cabramatta on Monday. Picture: Chris Lane

As quick as Monday’s thunderstorm came, it was gone. But you know it will be back – and now is the time to be prepared.

That’s the message from the Fairfield SES as the official storm season gets underway.

NSW SES Fairfield Unit Controller Les Milne said residents should use the predicted good weather in the next seven days to prepare for the damaging prospect of fast-moving thunderstorms.

“Some simple things you can do now to get ready for the storm season includes trimming trees, cleaning gutters and downpipes and securing loose items around the yard or balcony,” he said.

The aftermarth of a storm earlier this year in Wetherill Park.

The aftermarth of a storm earlier this year in Wetherill Park.

 “Most of the damage we see is from trees crashing down on homes and vehicles as well as leaking and damaged roofs.

“Much of this damage is preventable so we’re asking people to prepare their homes and businesses.

“It’s also vital that people remember to never drive, ride, walk or enter floodwater because our volunteers have already responded to numerous flood rescues this year.”

The Fairfield SES will enter the official storm season from October to March with a new rescue vehicle which has made them “more efficient” in the event of an emergency. They now have eight motor vehicles and two boats.

For emergency help in storms and floods call the NSW SES on 132 500.

For emergency help in storms and floods call the NSW SES on 132 500.

The Fairfield SES unit contains 80 volunteers and they have responded to 300 calls from Christmas to August – or on average two or three a week.

The last major incident in the Fairfield area came in June 2016 when the area was swept with devastating floods.

  • For emergency help in storms and floods call the NSW SES on 132 500.