Creek rescues

Wednesday, 29th February, 2012

RIVER STREET: Yesterday’s deluge turned roads into rivers as these photos of Williams Street (above) and Gypsum Street (inset) show. Kindergarten student Jordan Evans (inset) went to school prepared. RIVER STREET: Yesterday’s deluge turned roads into rivers as these photos of Williams Street (above) and Gypsum Street (inset) show. Kindergarten student Jordan Evans (inset) went to school prepared.

By Emily Roberts

Emergency services had their work cut out for them yesterday with 36 call-outs and three rescues after the city received almost 50 millimetres of rain. 

Between 9am and 3pm, 48.6 millimetres of rain was recorded and SES Controller, Darren Larkin, said most of their work involved leaking roofs and sand bagging.

“We also had three flood rescue jobs; one on the Menindee Road, one on the Adelaide Road and one on the Silverton Road. These people were all stranded in creeks,” Mr Larkin said.

A couple and their baby were caught in their car between two creeks on the Silverton Road about 10 kilometres from Broken Hill and were rescued by a Fire and Rescue NSW crew in a Hazmat tanker.

The flash flooding also trapped another vehicle carrying three people between rising creeks on the Silverton Road, police said.  

The Silverton Road, Barrier Highway and the Tibooburra Road were all closed by flooding yesterday and the Weather Channel’s Dick Whitaker said the city could expect a lot more rain today but it should ease off by the afternoon.

“There are light showers forecast for the weekend and it will be fairly cool,” he said.

Mr Whitaker said the city was looking at 50 to 100 millimetres today.

“There is a lot of rain around and local flooding will be an issue,” he said.

However, the city probably won’t reach last year’s total of 140.6mm, which was the wettest February on record, he predicted.

A number of other roads have been closed including the Nine Mile (unsealed sections), the Daydream Mine and parts of the Mutawintji road.