Dominello warns of child risks from floods


Flood waters pour into the canal at Eastwood.


A badly damaged home in Turner Avenue Ryde. TWT on-the-spot PHOTOS


Parents in Ryde have been warned to keep children away from storm water canals and damaged trees in the wake of last week’s wild weather conditions.

Mr Dominellos warning comes after State Premier Mike Baird declared the freak storms to be a natural disaster that is expected to cost the local council, $50,000 and families millions of dollars in damage.

The wild weather closed ferry services from Kissing Point and disrupted transport across Ryde and many homes across northern Sydney were left without power.

The Ryde MP said he is particularly concerned that further wild weather expected this week could cause flash flooding in canals.

“Our canals, particularly in Eastwood, were inundated with floodwaters and more rain this week has the potential to cause flash flooding.

“These floods can be very sudden and severe and I urge parents to keep their children well away from these dangerous places.”

The Ryde MP also warned about the danger of falling branches and adverse road conditions.

“As I drive around Ryde, I’ve been shocked at the extent of damage,” he said.

“Many trees have branches that were badly damaged and there continues to be a risk of falling branches.

“Motorists should also heed warning signs to drive slowly in the adverse conditions, especially as the storms have caused significant potholes on our roads.”

Mr Dominello paid tribute to emergency services staff who worked to save lives and homes during the worst of the storms.

“These are men and women from Ryde who put their lives at risks to ensure the swafty of people in our community and deserve our utmost respect and appreciation,” he said.

“It particularly says a lot about the Ryde SES that it postponed its annual presentation evening to keep working around the clock this week and is a fine example of the way its officers put service above self.”