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1 April, 2021

Heavy rains cause need for flood rescue

The Gilgandra State Emergency Service (SES) team were called out to a local flood rescue on Friday March 19.

Photo provided by Gilganda district SES facebook.

A gentleman’s four-wheel drive was stuck in a creek between Collie and Dubbo. The SES team were able to swiftly send out one of their flood boats to rescue the man and his young puppy.

“Luckily where the vehicle was it was quite smooth, quite calm water. If it had been out a bit further, the other side of it was quite fast. The car was fairly well submerged. We could see the mud further up the road where it had dropped down from. It had dropped a fair distance,” said unit commander Geoff Kiehne.

On Sunday March 21, the SES team conducted an extensive check of their flood boats in preparation for the upcoming rain. As well as the flood rescue, the team were also called to a number of houses with damage, however were unable to help. Mr Kiehne stated that “We are happy to tarp it if things have been ripped off your roof in storm damage – but if it’s just a maintenance issue, like missing nails or something that hasn’t been worked on for the past 30 years, we’re not ‘Jim’s Mowing Service’ to come along and clean out your gutters – so we refer back to builders.”

Mr Kiehne has provided the following advice: “Avoid driving through obvious flood waters, avoid obviously closed roads, they’re there for a purpose. If you continue to drive through them you could expect that there could be some legal issues with regards to insurance.”

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