Elderly woman rescued by police from floodwater in NSW


Grandma’s harrowing tale of flood survival after she was washed into a canal and had water up to her neck by the time rescuers saved her

  • Police rescued a 72-year-old woman from floods after her car was swept away
  • She was rescued as the water reached her neck at about 2.30pm on Wednesday 
  • Major flooding has spread to the NSW mid-north coast after a week of rain 
  • The NSW Government is offering a $1,000 payment to disaster zone residents 

A 72-year-old woman was rescued from her car in the nick of time after she was swept off the road and trapped in neck-high water during a flood event.

Police responded to the elderly woman’s triple zero call at about 2.30pm on Wednesday after a flooded rural crossing in Collombatti, north of Kempsey on the NSW mid-north coast swept her car downstream and wedged it in a line of trees.

In the panicked call she said she was trapped inside the car with water up to her chest.

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Police rescued a 72-year-old woman from floodwaters on Wednesday after her car was swept off a bridge (above)

Police rescued a 72-year-old woman from floodwaters on Wednesday after her car was swept off a bridge (above)

A sergeant from Mid North Coast Police District used a 4WD winch cable as a safety line before entering the floodwater to find the vehicle.

Dramatic footage shows the officer, with the help of five other police, opening the woman’s car door as water began to reach her neck.

It is believed she was trapped in the car for about 45 minutes.

The elderly woman (centre) was taken to Kempsey Hospital where she has been treated for hypothermia and exhaustion

The elderly woman (centre) was taken to Kempsey Hospital where she has been treated for hypothermia and exhaustion

NSW is in the midst of a widespread flood affecting about 60,000 people in the Sydney, Hunter and mid-north coast regions (pictured, Windsor)

NSW is in the midst of a widespread flood affecting about 60,000 people in the Sydney, Hunter and mid-north coast regions (pictured, Windsor)

Police quickly drove the shivering woman to Kempsey Hospital where she was treated for hypothermia and exhaustion.

The officers were not injured during the incident and the command is considering recommending all officers to be recognised for their efforts.

About 60,000 people are still feeling the threat of widespread flooding in the Sydney, Hunter and mid-north coast regions following a week-long rain event.

NSW FLOOD ADVICE

EVACUATION ORDERS IN PLACE FOR PARTS OF:

  • Bulahdelah
  • Tuncurry
  • Combo
  • Whittingham
  • Scotts Flat
  • Glenridding
  • Dunolly
  • Central Macdonald
  • Lower Macdonald
  • Upper Macdonald
  • St Albans
  • Wrights Creek
  • Webbs Creek
  • Bulga
  • Broke
  • Wollombi
  • Tuggerah
  • Budgewoi Lakes
  • Shanes Park
  • Pitt Town
  • Pitt Town Bottoms
  • McGraths Hill
  • Gronos Point
  • Mulgrave
  • Vineyard
  • Lower Portland
  • Wisemans Ferry
  • Richards
  • Wilberforce
  • Cattai
  • Sackville
  • Londonderry
  • Ebenezer
  • Riverstone
  • Agnes Banks
  • South Maroota
  • Yarramundi
  • Leets Vale
  • Cumberland Reach
  • Oakville
  • North Richmond
  • Freemans Reach
  • Bligh Park
  • Richmond Lowlands
  • Angus
  • Cornwallis

EVACUATION WARNINGS IN PLACE FOR PARTS OF:

  • Croki
  • Coopernook
  • Forster Keys
  • Millers Forest
  • Duckenfield
  • North Macksville
  • Singleton
  • Colo
  • Schofields
  • Windsor Downs
  • Marsden Park
  • Melonba
  • Clarendon
  • South Windsor
  • Castlereagh
  • Mooney Mooney Dam 

MAJOR FLOODING OCCURRING ALONG:

  •  Hunter River at Singleton
  • Hawkesbury River at North Richmond
  • Hawkesbury River at Wisemans Ferry 
  • Wollombi Brook at Bulga 
  • Tuggerah Lake at Long Jetty 

MODERATE FLOODING OCCURRING ALONG:

  •  Hawkesbury River at Windsor
  • Hawkesbury River at Sackville
  • Colo River at Upper Colo
  • Wollombi Brook at Wollombi 
  • Paterson River at Paterson 
  • Hunter River at Maitland
  • Manning River at Mt George
  • Manning River at Wingham
  • Manning River at Taree

RESIDENTS CAN RETURN WITH CAUTION TO PARTS OF:

  • Camden
  • Cut Hill
  • Cobbitty
  • Bents Basin
  • Wallacia
  • Elderslie
  • Windsor
  • Jamisontown
  • Leonay
  • Mulgoa
  • Penrith
  • Cranebrook
  • Regentville
  • Emu Heights
  • Emu Plains
  • Peach Tree Creek
  • Lansvale 
  • Warwick Farm
  • Georges Hall
  • Moorebank
  • East Hills
  • Chipping Norton
  • Picnic Point
  • Pleasure Point
  • Bonnet Bay
  • Woronora
  • Sandy Point
  • Lake Illawarra
  • St Georges Basin
  • Sussex Inlet
  • Plough Dam near Abbotsbury
  • Harrow Dam near Abbotsbury
  • Cecil Hills

Jack Gramenz Australian Associated Press

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The floods have left large parts of NSW’s central coast, Blue Mountains and Hunter regions in disarray with landslide and water blocking major roads amid a mass evacuation effort.

Flooding began around Sydney earlier this week after heavy rain hammered the region over the weekend. 

Transport for NSW shared photos of Cessnock Road and the New England Highway, near Maitland, on Thursday morning.

The photos show large sections of the highway and nearby train station underwater.

Areas around Newcastle are experiencing major flooding following a week-long rain event (pictured, Cessnock Road and the New England Highway near Maitland train station)

Areas around Newcastle are experiencing major flooding following a week-long rain event (pictured, Cessnock Road and the New England Highway near Maitland train station)

Major flooding has travelled up north to the Hunter and mid-north coast regions (pictured, SES in Port Stevens)

Major flooding has travelled up north to the Hunter and mid-north coast regions (pictured, SES in Port Stevens)

On Wednesday the NSW Government announced a disaster relief payment of up to $1,000 for flood-affected residents.

Adults who live in the 23 local government areas that have been declared disaster zones can receive can claim $1,000 if they were seriously affected by the floods and children can claim $400.

The 23 LGA disaster zones are: 

  • Blacktown
  • Blue Mountains
  • Camden
  • Canterbury Bankstown
  • Campbelltown
  • Central Coast
  • Cessnock
  • Fairfield
  • Georges River
  • Hawkesbury
  • Hornsby
  • Kiama
  • Lithgow
  • Liverpool
  • Northern Beaches
  • Penrith
  • Shellharbour
  • Shoalhaven
  • Sutherland
  • The Hills
  • Wingecarribee
  • Wollondilly
  • Wollongong

 

Putty Road (above) near Bulga, about 100km west of Newcastle, has been closed due to major flooding

Putty Road (above) near Bulga, about 100km west of Newcastle, has been closed due to major flooding

A person can be classed as seriously affected for a variety of reasons, including if they were seriously injured, a family member died or if a major asset (like a home) was lost. 

The payment can be claimed through a MyGov account linked to Centrelink.

For more information visit the Services Australia website

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