CCN Daily News Brief – 23rd March, 2021

Tuesday 23rd March, 2021. Today’s ‘must know stories from across the Central Coast, fresh from the CCN newsroom. Read by Charlea Tonnet.

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And here’s the latest news from Central Coast Newspapers:

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Weather Warning for Tuesday, which includes the Central Coast.

This may bring further rainfall of approximately 80mm and strong winds, with gusts averaging 60 to 70 km/h and peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h.

Residents are advised to secure loose items from around their property and move vehicles away from trees.

Trees may be unstable as a result of the significant rainfall.

Residents should call SES on 132 500 should their property be impacted by fallen trees or need assistance.

If the situation is life threatening call Triple 0.

Check the Central Coast Council website for road closures and the Department of Education website for school closures.

Diggers at The Entrance has been set up as a community evacuation centre as heavy rains continue to cause flooding over the region.

The SES warns residents to make sure that they have any important documents and medications with them if they must evacuate.

The SES also advises residents in low lying flood prone areas to prepare themselves in case they need to evacuate.

NSW Police and emergency services have reminded the Central Coast community to take care as the wet weather continues to impact large parts of the state.

The conditions have potential to damage homes and property, as well possibly causing trees and powerlines to fall.

State Emergency Operations Controller, Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys, has asked residents in flood affected areas to continue to heed the warnings and advice of the SES and all emergency services.

Police urge residents to avoid going outside and if they do drive, to pay attention to RMS message boards for road closures or hazardous conditions, and never drive, ride or walk through floodwater.

Portaloos have made a reappearance at Davistown following torrential rain in recent days as the area’s drainage system once again fails to cope.

The emergency measure was a repeat of an event in February last year which saw Portaloos distributed around the area by Central Coast Council following a similar storm event.

Davistown Progress Association President, Jenny McCulla, renewed calls for action on Central Coast Council’s drainage maintenance plans as residents once more faced clogged sewerage systems.

A Council spokesperson said Council was closely monitoring Davistown 24/7 during the severe weather period, with crews onsite to ensure that the sewer system and service is maintained.

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.

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