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Emergency warning: flood conditions in parts of NSW

Published 22 March 2021

Parts of New South Wales from the Mid-North Coast to the metro area and across the Mid-North Coast are under emergency conditions as flooding in the Hawkesbury-Nepean River system has reached levels not seen since 1961.

Other parts of the state are threatened by riverine flooding of the Macleay River at Kempsey and the Hastings River. As a result of the continued weather pattern along the East Coast flood warnings have also been issued to low lying areas on the Gold Coast.

Gallagher clients: do you need claims support?

We strongly advise our clients to make safety their first priority and not to delay evacuating their property while they can do so. We are ready to receive your claims notifications.

Contact the 24/7 claims hotline on 1800 254 287 or access our claims services online

As soon as you are aware of an issue let us know. We are here to help.


Areas affected by flood conditions

In Sydney several days of heavy rain have resulted in 450 gigalitres of water a day released from the Warragamba Dam — comparable to the contents of Sydney Harbour, which is around 500 gigalitres.

New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) has issued evacuation orders to 2000 homes in Western Sydney and the foot of the Blue Mountains, parts of Penrith and downstream to North Richmond as the Nepean and Hawkesbury Rivers peak, including Jamisontown, Mulgoa, North Richmond, Hawkesbury Valley around Agnes Banks, Freemans Reach, Cornwallis and Pitt Town North.

The SES has urged people to stay home today, and 130 schools are closed.

  • For Emergency Help in Floods Call the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500
  • For flood preparedness and safety advice visit the NSW SES FloodSafe website.

Contact our 24/7 claims 1800 254 287

Access these emergency weather checklists to help manage the immediate threats

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