Highlands drivers trapped in floodwaters

An elderly couple were among several motorists who became trapped in floodwaters on Sunday night after torrential rain fell across parts of the Southern Highlands.

State Emergency Service acting region controller Ashley Sullivan said thankfully, most of the rain fell in unpopulated areas near Belanglo, west of Moss Vale.

However, the rain submerged parts of the Hume Highway under more than a metre of water, leaving some motorists stranded.

Flooding. Generic image.

Flooding. Generic image.

Mr Sullivan said the SES received their first call for assistance about 7pm.

“We got a call to multiple cars trapped in flood waters on the Hume Highway around Belanglo SES and police responded and assisted a number of motorists,” he said.

About 7.30, SES volunteers responded to reports of an elderly couple stranded on the wrong side of a causeway and isolated by flood waters.

“We monitored flood levels… after 45 minutes it receded and we were able to get the [couple] across safely,” he said.

About 11pm, crews were again called to reports of a car trapped west of Moss Vale on Oldbury Road.

“SES and police located the person and assisted them out of flood waters, then extricated the vehicle which had to be towed,” Mr Sullivan said.

SES crews also responded to six calls for assistance relating to leaking roofs or fallen trees.

“We were very lucky [the storm] hit in the unpopulated area… it was a significant downpour,” Mr Sullivan said.

“There might be some residual water lying around particularly in highlands causeways and creeks.

“We do ask people to stay out of flood waters.”

The Hume Highway is currently open to all traffic through the Southern Highlands


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