Wild weather hammered the South Coast this week, with more than 300mm of rain falling since Monday morning in some parts.
Eurobodalla Shire Council was forced to open Durras Lake, Joes Creek, Batehaven, and Coila Lake, Tuross, to relieve possible flooding.
Council crews opened Durras Lake at about 10pm on Tuesday, August 25, while Joes Creek was opened on Wednesday morning, August 26, and Coila Lake on Wednesday afternoon.
Eurobodalla State Emergency Services were called out 47 times in three days to tarp up houses, lay sandbags to stop flooding and cut trees off houses and roads.
The jobs occurred between Tomakin and North Batemans Bay.
Moruya SES unit controller Jeff McMahon said the jobs matched the northern-orientated footprint of the weather.
“We had to prioritise our operations,” Mr McMahon said.
“It started in dribs and drabs, and then we had a very large number of jobs in the afternoon (on Tuesday).
“We had to have our vehicles and rescue-trained personnel ready in case any raod crash, vertical or flood rescues were required.”
Mr McMahon said that all the work was necessary due to the severity of the weather rather than poor preparation on any of the householders’ part.
"Crews completed their last two jobs at Kianga at 9pm on Wednesday night," he said.
"Now we have to tidy of Tuesday jobs because they were a little bit rushed."
A Batemans Bay SES crew was also sent to St Georges Basin to help with flood relief efforts.
More than 350 people were evacuated from St Georges Basin and Sussex Inlet on Tuesday night.
"The crew was taking calls, prioritising jobs, organising teams and keeping track of were teams where," Mr McMahon said.
The Moruya-based Westpac rescue helicopter, Lifesaver 23, was also tasked to help in the Shoalhaven's flooding emergency.
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