The NSW SES Kempsey unit is urging people to never enter floodwater.
It's a message which the organisation continues to reiterate, said NSW SES Kempsey unit media officer Greg Gill. Unfortunately he said there are still some people who do not abide by it.
The major cause of death during floods is from people entering or travelling through floodwater.
This includes driving, riding and walking through floodwater and children playing in floodwater.
Mr Gill said thankfully there were no rescues due to people entering floodwater in the local area, however there were others in the state.
Mr Gill said flood rescues are preventable and shouldn't happen.
He said members of the emergency services, including the SES, put their own lives at risk trying to help others.
Due to the heavy rain event over the weekend, members of the SES were called to six incidents which involved putting tarpaulins on roofs due to leaks.
The NSW SES can help people in flood events by rescue if they are trapped by floodwaters, provide assistance when floodwater is threatening property and help with the resupply of essential items, if property is isolated.
In life threatening situations people should call 000 (Triple Zero). For emergency help in floods call the NSW SES on 132 500.
Dangers of floodwater:
- Floodwater may be deeper or faster flowing than it appears and contain hidden snags or debris.
- Floodwater may contain chemicals, raw sewage, snakes, spiders and much more that could cause illness and even death.
- Roads and surfaces underneath floodwater often wash away, and may not be visible from the surface
For more information, people can visit https://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/
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