Relief efforts for stranded
Friday, 16th January, 2015
By Darrin Manuel
Relief efforts are underway at the local airport to deliver supplies to stranded landowners north of the city.
A number of stations cut off by floodwaters after recent heavy rains are being resupplied thanks to a joint effort between the Rural Fire Service, NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSWDPI) and local and Cobar-based SES units.
A helicopter has been loaned from the RFS for the operation, which will see food, water, medical supplies and fuel delivered to the stations, along with flying people in and out of floodbound areas.
NSWDPI Rural Support Worker Ellen Day, who is assisting with operation as part of her role with the department’s Rural Resilience program, said drops were being made to stations before the situation could worsen.
“Probably none of it is diabolical emergencies, but places on the list could be floodbound for four, five or six weeks,” she said.
Ms Day said crews were taking advantage of favourable conditions to get the chopper in the air.
Yesterday the helicopter was scheduled to deliver fuel to Packsaddle roadhouse, before making stops at Brougham’s Gate and Westwood Downs, two of the stations hardest hit by the floods.
Deliveries to a number of other stations including Gumpopla, Allandy, Katalpa and Moorabie are all expected to be made in the coming days.
Local SES volunteer Darren Larkin extended thanks to all parties taking part in the effort, particularly the RFS for the use of the rescue helicopter.