Residents of streets worst hit by the Kiama storm will be required to vacate their homes for days due to the threat posed by asbestos contamination.
The evacuations are in line with advice from an asbestos specialist firm enlisted by Kiama Council in the wake of the storm, overnight Saturday.
The NSW Police Service will be issuing community information notices to the affected streets today.
Streets closed for asbestos inspections and treatment include Minnamurra Street from number 57 to the corner of Hothersal Street and Hothersal Street between Antrim and Minnamurra streets.
In an online statement, Kiama SES Unit also advised nearby residents to keep windows closed and wear a ’P2’ mask - available from hardware stores - "if you have concerns".
"This decision has not been made lightly and has been done with consideration to the future health risk to residents. Machinery will be operating in that area which may increase the risk to residents whilst it is being utilised."
The SES encourages affected residents to avoid handling material expected to contain asbestos, and to wipe down with a damp cloth any area of their home exposed to the elements - then discard the cloth.
Residents are advised to wash their vehicle - especially the car tyres - using water only if they leave their premises.
They should also wash their feet and clothes, especially their shoes.
Residents can call 132 500 and request an inspection for asbestos.
11.07am: Parts of Kiama are being sealed off this morning as asbestos specialists move in to clean up.
State Emergency Service (SES) and Rural Fire Service (RFS) officers are door knocking residents who need to evacuate while the asbestos is removed.
Covered cyclone fencing has been erected in Hothersal Street by Effective Services, an asbestos specialist firm hired by the council.
Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler said: ‘‘If residents come across anything they’re uncertain about, they should ring either the council or the State Emergency Service on 131 500 and we can get someone to come and have a look at it’’.
‘‘Our main objective is to clean up public areas and roads to reduce hazards for people,’’ he said.