South west Sydney bears brunt of last year's wild weather

A flooded road in March this year. Picture: FRNSW
A flooded road in March this year. Picture: FRNSW

Flood waters, trees down and damaged roofs - for some south west Sydney residents the impact of storms earlier this year is a not-too-distant memory.

The 2021 NRMA Insurance Wild Weather Tracker has revealed the huge impact of storm and hail damage in NSW, with the state receiving more than 28,000 storm and hail claims in the past 12 months - making up almost 60 per cent of all home claims.

Macarthur, Wollondilly, Liverpool and Fairfield were among the states top ten regions affected by storms this year.

NRMA executive general manager, direct claims Luke Gallagher said it has never been more important to take practical steps to prepare for storms and wild weather.

"We're expecting a wetter than usual spring on the east coast, so now is the time to start ensuring your homes, family and communities are prepared for the months ahead," said Mr Gallagher.

"With many Australians spending more time at home due to the pandemic, we are encouraging people to get their home disaster ready before the next storm hits.

"This gives you the best opportunity to protect your loved ones and property from a severe weather event."

Fairfield and Liverpool came in at number eight in the top 10 regions affected by storm damage this year according to the tracker.

Macarthur followed in close behind taking out the 10th spot.

And with storm season approaching again, SES NSW is urging locals to be prepared.

NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York said residents should take preparing for storms and floods seriously.

"The more you can do now to prepare, the less likely you'll end up needing emergency assistance from our volunteers when these weather events hit," she said.

"Our website has everything you could possibly need to learn about your risk of floods and the dangers they bring.

"It also highlights the simple, yet effective, things you can do ahead of time."

NRMA's principal research analyst for climate and natural perils, Dr Bruce Buckley said Spring would be wetter than usual with the chance of La Nina as well.

"Anticipated impacts from the upcoming storm season include above average rainfall due to a higher chance of east coast low weather patterns for the south coast of NSW," he said.

"More generally, bushfire risk will be suppressed for much of the south-eastern states as a result of the increased rainfall.

"Spring is also the severe thunderstorm season so we may see a greater chance of hailstorms in northeast NSW."