Sydney floods: Hawksbury City Council shuts down sewage pump due to flooding
Residents of flood-ravaged north-west Sydney have been forced to deal with the impact of another major problem amid deteriorating weather conditions.
A sewage pump in flood-ravaged north-west Sydney has been shut down due to deteriorating weather conditions.
The move was made by Hawkesbury City Council on Monday morning for Sewer Pumping Station C on Macquarie Street in Windsor.
Located in the northwestern outskirts of Sydney, Windsor has been hit by severe flooding for the third time this year.
People are asked to refrain from all boating activities in sewer catchment areas.
Areas affected include Windsor, South Windsor, McGraths Hill, Pitt Town, Bligh Park, Windsor Downs and Clarendon.
Wastewater that discharges into flood waters can contain harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa.
Direct contact with sewage or surfaces contaminated with sewage can lead to illnesses such as gastroenteritis.
Rainwater usually contains contaminants from riverbanks and roads and it is recommended to avoid contact with water for at least 48 hours.
Contaminated floodwaters can also increase the risk of poisonings, injuries, gastrointestinal infections, and skin or soft tissue infections.
Hawksbury Council carry out regular checks of manhole covers and dislodged covers are barricaded in local streets.
Affected people in the area are warned to remain vigilant for sewage-contaminated floodwaters.
It is advisable to wash your hands after each contact with the flooded area, as well as to use diluted bleach to disinfect contaminated areas and objects.
Parts of NSW are experiencing their fourth major flood in 18 months, with around 30,000 people either under evacuation orders or warnings on Monday.
Thousands of residents of Greater Sydney have been left stranded after more than 150mm of rain fell in the past 24 hours in parts of the state.
NSW Emergency Services Minister Steph Cooke said the floods were “heartbreaking” for residents of western Sydney, the Hunter and other areas who were just recovering from the the last downpour.
“For many communities, this is the fourth flood they have seen in less than 18 months. Some of these images are truly heartbreaking; seeing people’s homes, their lives are turned upside down again and their livelihoods are very affected,” she said.
“Our hearts go out to people and communities a lot right now, and I want to reassure those communities that we will be there with them through the recovery process.”