Monday 22nd March, 2021. Today’s ‘must know stories from across the Central Coast, fresh from the CCN newsroom. Read by Charlea Tonnet.
And here’s the latest news from Central Coast Newspapers:
A state of natural disaster has been declared for the Central Coast region, following 340mm of rain falling in the past four days and widespread flooding from swollen rivers and creeks and rising water levels in lakes and lagoons across the Coast.
SES crews have received more than 765 requests for assistance across the Coast since the beginning of the severe weather event.
Tuggerah Lakes were expected to reach about 1.50m by Monday which is higher than the April 2015 flood but less than the February 2020 flood, which reached 1.67m.
Council undertook precautionary channel maintenance on Friday and the channel remains open and flowing with an estimated width of over 60m.
Wyong River has burst its banks over low-lying farmland.
Portable toilets have been placed at various locations in Davistown and South Tacoma due to sewer service interruptions.
Scores of roads across the Coast have been submerged in floodwater.
There have been power outages in several areas.
The Federal Government has also activated the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment and Disaster Recovery Allowance to support those heavily affected by the storms and flooding on the Coast.
The program provides a one-off, non-means tested payment of $1,000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children, who have been seriously injured, lost their homes or whose homes have been directly damaged as a direct result of the storms and floods.
People eligible can access income assistance for up to 13 weeks, equivalent to the maximum rate of Jobseeker Payment or Youth Allowance.
Services Australia Disaster phones lines are open on 180 22 66.
Several schools were closed on Monday due to the severe weather event.
These included: Glenvale and Hope Town Schools; North Entrance Campus; Jilliby Public, Lisarow and Wyong Creek Public Schools; Lisarow and Narara Valley High Schools; St Cecilia’s Wyong; and, St Peter’s Catholic College, Tuggerah.
The Ourimbah university campus was also closed.
Police rescued an 80 year old woman on Sunday afternoon after she became trapped in her vehicle while driving into flood waters on River Rd, Wyong.
Her car was pushed sideways due to the fast-flowing water.
It just so happened that two police officers were on the scene for an unrelated matter and saw the car.
One of the officers entered the water on foot and was able to remove the elderly woman from the car before it was pushed by the water into the nearby Wyong River.
For more on these stories and lots of other local news, pick up a copy of your free Central Coast Newspaper from one of hundreds of outlets around the Coast or read us online at coastcommunitynews.com.au.
I’m Charlea Tonnet for Central Coast Newspapers.