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11 December, 2021

Gilgandra SES to the rescue

The Gilgandra SES Unit travelled to Gwebegar a few weeks ago to assist with flood operations.

By Emily Middleton

Houses were flooded in Gwebegar up to 1.5 metres deep. Photo supplied.

Volunteers assisted with rescues for flooding that went through houses 1.5 metres deep.

“We were there for community support mainly, and to see what the community needed,” said Gilgandra SES unit deputy commander Chris Riley.

The town 180 kilometres from Gilgandra, had flood waters rise within 25 minutes.

Residents had expected flooding, but at 6:25am the water rose very quickly without warning.

“There were 10 houses inundated with water when we got there, and we offered emergency accommodation for those who wanted it in Coonabarabran,” said Mr Riley.

Despite the Gilgandra SES team’s training in recent weeks, it was their talking skills that were put to the test.

“I suppose they weren’t hands on, the damage was already done. We spoke to the community to offer whatever support they needed.

“We couldn’t even go into the houses, the water was too deep,” said Mr Riley. T

he Gilgandra SES unit are thankful to their volunteers who travelled to Gwebegar.

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