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Eurobodalla Emergency Operations Centre community update – Friday 10 January 2020, 10am

Eurobodalla Emergency Operations Centre community update – Friday 10 January 2020, 10am

Fires

NSW Rural Fire Service Far South Coast advise that an improved forecast means residents in Eurobodalla’s coastal areas can stay in place. There is no need to move to a main town or evacuation centre, unless you feel unsafe.

Conditions today will be similar to last Saturday, but not as bad. The north easterly influence on the coast means the main fire risk will be 10 kilometres or more inland.

Today’s forecast 25km/h southerly has potential for gusts up to 80km/h, predicted to come through around 9.30pm. It should only impact fire activity west of the current bushfires.

Rural and remote residents of the Deua Valley and Dignams Creek areas need to consider their ability to protect their properties today.

All residents are reminded there is still active fire in most of Eurobodalla and south to the Victorian border. Continue to monitor Fires Near Me and be prepared to enact your bushfire survival plan.

NSW RFS Far South Coast Incident Controller Angus Barnes said today is looking better but unfortunately we’re not out of this yet.

“This uncertainty will continue until we get good rain. We know people are frustrated about being asked to move to safety when challenging fire conditions are predicted. However, we’re dealing with unprecedented and uncertain fire behaviour, and our clear priority is always the protection of lives and property, in that order,” Mr Barnes said.

“If we know you are out of harm’s way, we can deploy our firefighting resources to provide optimal coverage.

“We ask residents to remain vigilant. Monitor the weather, continue checking Fires Near Me, stay engaged.”

Evacuation centres remain open 24/7 at:

· Batemans Bay evacuation centre Hanging Rock Function Centre, Hanging Rock Place

· Moruya evacuation centre Moruya Basketball stadium, in the showgrounds, Albert Street

· Narooma evacuation centre Leisure Centre, Bluewater Drive

Returning to Moruya west

Residents of Deua, Pollwombra and Larry’s Mountain Road areas west of Moruya may not return home for now while NSW RFS continues to monitor fire activity in that area.

NEW NSW Police

NSW Police has deployed additional personnel to Eurobodalla to assist in the emergency response. Fire impacted areas or areas that have evacuated are patrolled regularly to protect property. NSW Police report there has been no volume crime increase in Eurobodalla. Recent reported incidents of stealing and break and enter do not represent a significant increase on previous years. If you have information about illegal activity or suspected perpetrators, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

NEW Australian Defence Force

Australian Defence Force personnel have been deployed to the Far South Coast to assist in bushfire clean-up efforts. Eurobodalla’s Emergency Operations Centre team welcomes them, and will provide more information soon about their activities in the shire.

Travel

For travel within Eurobodalla:

· Broulee Road and Araluen Road remain closed

· Avoid travelling west of the Princes Highway into areas of burnt ground or approaching fires, including areas such as Nerrigundah and Belowra.

The Princes Highway is open north and south. Continue to monitor Live Traffic. Drive cautiously, do not cross road blocks and obey traffic control.

Water

All Eurobodalla residents should be conservative with water use until further notice to ensure we have enough water for drinking and firefighting. All reservoirs are now filled. Do not wet down buildings or grounds or leave sprinklers and hoses running. This is only useful when properties are under threat of fire or ember attack. An ember is a hot glowing coal – cold and blackened leaves are not embers.

If you are staying to defend your property according to your bushfire survival plan, filling your bins with water can be helpful for firefighting. Please empty them after and resume their normal use.

If you notice neighbours misusing water, you might feel comfortable having a chat to explain why it’s important to conserve our water for firefighting and community use, or you can call 1800 755 760 to report.

NEW Rubbish collection

Eurobodalla’s kerbside collection is back on track, but not necessarily up to date yet. The Surf Beach tip fire has put additional pressure on resources and Council is asking residents for patience while operations return to normal. Please keep your three bins out over the weekend, then resume your normal collection schedule from Monday 13 January.

Council advises they were unable to provide the additional green waste pick-ups advertised for the north of the shire because of the Surf Beach tip closure. Please continue your good bin habits – red for waste, yellow for recycling, green for green waste.

If filling bins with water to assist firefighting efforts, please don’t leave those filled bins on the kerb now that kerbside collection has recommenced.

Surf Beach tip is closed due to fire impacts. Moruya Transfer Station will now open seven days per week until Surf Beach re-opens, and Brou tip is open seven days per week. 

Residents whose bins have been destroyed by fire, please contact Council’s waste services on 4474 1024 to organise delivery of replacements.

Power

Essential Energy restored power to 760 customers in Surf Beach last night. Essential Energy reports that 2,473 customers remain without power in Eurobodalla in the areas of Sunshine Bay, Broulee, Malua Bay, Mogo, Rosedale, Nerrigundah, Tomakin, Catalina and Nelligen. The Surf Beach and Sunshine Bay electricity network, near Batemans Bay, has suffered extensive damage. Once crews are able to safely access firegrounds, estimated times to restore the damage and return power to customers will be provided.

A small number of customers who had power restored are unfortunately experiencing an additional unplanned outage as a result of further bushfire damage.

Essential Energy remind the community that during fire activity the electricity network may need to be switched off or it may be damaged. This means power will not be available for pumps and customers should have an alternative plan for water if it is required.

Donations

Eurobodalla has been overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of people from around Australia donating items for our fire affected residents. NSW Government agencies along with charity partners and local community organisations are helping provide emergency shelter, food and water. NSW Disaster Welfare Recovery is now asking people to reconsider how they can best support those impacted. Money gives people choice to buy the things they really need, empowers them to make decisions about their futur