Crossing Illawarra flood areas hazardous: SES

The flooded Illawarra Highway, Albion Park. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The flooded Illawarra Highway, Albion Park. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The State Emergency Service has reiterated a warning not to drive, walk or ride through flooded areas after several rescues across the region on Tuesday.

While the majority of the nearly 70 calls for assistance the SES received were due to leaking roofs following heavy rain, crews were also called to five flood rescues.

Three people were winched by helicopter from the roof of a four-wheel-drive caught in a flooding creek just west of Moruya, while a man was rescued from a vehicle stuck in rising water on Taylors Road at Albion Park.

Crews also helped a horse stuck in flooding at Albion Park Rail and a cow in the same situation near Berry.

Wollongong SES incident controller Ashley Sullivan said people should never drive across a flooded area.

"If it's flooded, forget it," he said.

"If people come across a flooded roadway or causeway or river, they should remember that slogan and know it's not worth it because most times that's when we get called, when they have stalled in flood waters or get stuck across a creek."

"That's what happened yesterday on a couple of occasions."

Mr Sullivan said people should be aware of their surroundings, particularly which roads and areas of their property were prone to flooding.

On clear days, people should take precautions to protect their homes from damage during bad weather.

Protecting property from bad weather

  • Maintain your yard to ensure nothing can become a projectile in high winds, including securing trampolines.
  • Clean gutters and downpipes to prevent blockages.
  • Trim trees and branches that could potentially fall on buildings.
  • Fix any damage to your roof, including broken or missing tiles.
  • Check your insurance policy is current and provides adequate protection.
  • Make a home emergency plan.
  • Prepare an emergency kit.
  • Follow media updates for weather warnings.
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