East Coast Low – June 2016

18-06-16 Two weeks ago we were in the midst of receiving the highest rainfall in the state. Over the course of the weekend we received over 600mm (24 inches) along with periods of high winds. This led to a very large number of calls to tree’s and power-lines down, along with flooding affecting houses and roadways.

By mid morning on Sunday, a forward command post was set up operating from Robertson Rural Fire Station. This enabled us to work smoothly with SES and the large number of resources called in to assist which included RFS units from Burrawang, Avoca, Moss Vale, Balmoral, Colo Vale, and Berrima, with a team of 2 additional fire appliances and a Group Captain from the Wollindilly Shire. At some points there were more than 45 people being briefed, fed, restocked and coordinated in our station.

While some Robertson residents had serious damage to their houses from floodwaters, we are very grateful that there was no loss of life here, and we thank all Robertson residents for heeding the call to stay out of floodwaters, and for looking out for their neighbours.

We particularly also want to thank Megan Moore and Phil Moore for organising catering, Robertson Butcher for opening up on a Sunday to keep the troops fed, the Robertson Burrawang Rovers Soccer Club for offering their sausage rolls and pies first thing in the morning, Enhance Service Station, the local SES crews for really being a pleasure to work with knee deep in water, and our own volunteers who have such a strong desire to just get out there and serve our community when it needs it. Thank you!