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Motorists urged to take care on NSW roads as heavy rain predicted for weekend

Media Release

Police are urging motorists to take care on the roads across NSW this weekend as heavy rain is predicted.

Widespread rainfall for much of northern and eastern New South Wales and damaging winds possibly along the coast are expected from late Saturday to Monday.

Acting State Emergency Operations Controller, Acting Deputy Commissioner Geoff Mckechnie said it’s important not to become complacent after such a long period of good weather.

“With heavy rainfall, damaging winds, and hazardous surf expected this weekend, we are advising everyone to take greater care.

“Motorists have been used to driving in dry conditions of late but heavy winds and rainfall brings with it a range of dangers including slippery roads and debris.”

“If you need to be out plan your trip and check the relevant websites for updated information on traffic and weather conditions,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Mckechnie said.slippery-business-driving-safely-in-the-wet_654x439

Police are also urging anyone thinking of going out on the water this weekend, including rock fisherman, to reconsider given the severe conditions which are predicted.

Members of the community are advised they can contact the NSW SES on 132 500 for emergency flood and storm help or visit their website www.ses.nsw.gov.au

Police continue to urge motorists, cyclists or pedestrians to be mindful of the dangers of flooded roads due to hidden dangers and debris and should never enter flood waters or cross flooded causeways. Seek an alternate route or delay your trip to ensure you get to your destination safely.

Any motorist towing a caravan or trailer over the weekend needs to slow down and exercise extreme caution.

For the latest traffic information visit livetraffic.com or call the Traffic Information Line on 132 701.

For emergency help in floods and storms call SES on 132 500.

For general flood warnings see www.ses.nsw.gov.au

For weather warnings check www.bom.gov.au