Hawkesbury Residents are Facing Yet Another Natural Disaster Following a Summer of Heavy Rainfall.

Resultant catastrophic flood waters are the biggest in 40 years and are extending into the second week, making them the fourth biggest in living memory. The Hawkesbury River is destroying businesses, farmland and roads.

The deluge seen in recent weeks marks the second major flooding event within a 12-month period, prompting the NSW Government to declare the Hills Shire Local Government Area (LGA) and the Hawkesbury LGA natural disaster zones. If you are affected by the flooding contact the NSW SES on 132500, or if you are in danger call 000.

For those seeking support, a recovery centre will be open every day at 6 Greenhills Way, South Windsor, from Saturday, 12th March between 10am-3pm. Recovery Service Agencies including Service NSW, Resilience NSW, DCJ Housing, Red Cross and more, will be available to speak with.

Small businesses and not-for-profits in NSW impacted by severe weather and floods over February and March can now apply for up to $50,000 in grants under a State Government initiative to assist with the costs of the clean-up and repairs or to help businesses reopen.

Families and individuals whose homes are damaged by natural disasters may be eligible for funding and can apply for a Disaster Relief Grant. I encourage those affected by the floods to apply for support via the Service NSW website or by calling the Service NSW Business Concierge on 137788.

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