12 May 2024

UPDATED: Rain closes Illawarra roads, motorists urged to stay home

| Zoe Cartwright
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Taylors Road

Taylors Road in Albion Park floods easily and often – which has left some road users complacent about driving through when its submerged. The NSW SES is urging people not to take the risk. Photo: SES Shellharbour unit.

UPDATED 9:25 am, Sunday 12 May: The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding over the northern parts of the South Coast and southern parts of the Illawarra. There is also a strong wind warning for the coast stretching from the Illawarra to Batemans Bay.

The worst of the weekend’s forecast rain is yet to arrive, but roads in the southern Illawarra have already begun to go under.

Steady rainfall overnight from Friday, May 10, and saturated catchments have increased the flood risk across the region.

Emergency services have urged residents to prepare their homes, and stay off the road where possible.

On Saturday morning at Lake Illawarra, Peterborough Avenue between Shellharbour Road and View Street was closed due to flooding.

At Barrack Heights one of three northbound lanes on Shellharbour Road at Sunset Avenue was closed due to water over the road.

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At Albion Park the Illawarra Highway between M1 Princes Motorway and Tongarra Road has been closed in both directions due to flooding.

At Calderwood, Marshall Mount Road at Calderwood Road is closed, and Swamp Road, just past Browns Road in Jamberoo is also closed due to flooding.

Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama Councils have encouraged residents to prepare by cleaning out gutters, securing loose items and sandbagging where required.

Sand for bags is available at; Bellambi Boat Ramp Overflow carpark, Fairy Meadow Beach carpark, Fred Finch Park carpark, Rex Jackson Oval, Walker Street, Helensburgh, Myimbarr Soccer Field Car Park, Flinders, Albion Park Show Ground.

Sport fields in all three council areas remain closed until further notice.

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