After a stormy night, Penrith residents have woken up to some damage although the situation is better than expected.
Despite the heavy lashings of rain there was no flooding in the Penrith area, said Penrith NSW SES worker Dean Asher.
He said that contrary to the social media reports of flooding in Londonderry, a response team with a swift water rescue technician patrolled the area and found no flooding although there was water on some roads.
The only road that had flooded was the causeway on St Marys Road, which was closed by police last night.
‘‘The water is fairly high up but that’s pretty normal for that causeway, it only takes a little bit of rain up there to flood,’’ he said.
The Penrith branch of the SES went out to 31 jobs yesterday, finishing up at about 1.30am this morning.
They will be working into this afternoon to clear any left over damage, according to their Facebook page.
Mr Asher said that the majority of calls for assistance were for leaking roofs although none were so severe that they resulted in ceiling collapses.
He said he would advise people to clear out their gutters regularly to avoid an emergency or property damage during storms.
Other calls were about flood threats where there had been drain blockages or water rising in people’s backyards.
He said that the storm broke up more quickly than expected and he believes the worst is over, although residents are encouraged to call Penrith SES if they have an emergency or have property damage.
‘‘It looks pretty good outside but we’ve got to see, there is still the chance we could get the high winds that were predicted but with most of the system blowing out to sea we’ll have to wait and see,’’ he said.
The SES Stormsafe website has eight tips to prepare for a storm:
- Maintain your yard and balcony and secure any loose items that could blow around in winds.
- Clean gutters, downpipes and drains.
- Trim trees and branches that might fall on your home.
- Fix any damage to your roof.
- Check your insurance policy.
- Make a plan with your family for what to do in an emergency.
- Prepare an emergency kit with essential items in case you lose power or have to leave home.
- Listen to your local radio and media for warnings.