Firefighters help evacuate locals as floodwaters hit north-eastern NSW - Gunnedah

Published: 23 Oct 2022 02:50pm

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews are helping to evacuate some residents in Gunnedah and Moree, as floodwaters hit the north-east of the state.

FRNSW teams, using Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) or specialised drones, today have been flying flood assessment missions over the worst affected areas, which include Gunnedah, Moree, Wee Waa and Narrabri.

Several key roads in those areas have been cut and evacuation orders issued to those under threat from floodwaters.

Firefighters have door-knocked homes and assisted residents to leave their homes in Moree and Gunnedah.

They have also assisted locals, filling sandbags in the townships.

In Sydney, a joint FRNSW/Rural Fire Service convoy of logistics vehicles has left the Emergency Services Academy (ESA) at Orchard Hills bound for Broughton Oval in Moree, if it can get through, to establish a Base of Operations (BoO) to house up to 150 first responders.

The convoy is carrying tents, stretchers and other vital supplies to support the makeshift emergency services base during the SES-led flood response.

Authorities are also continuing to rescue motorists, who are driving into dangerous floodwaters.

Fire and Rescue NSW is advising drivers not to risk their lives and those of the crews sent to rescue them.

If it's flooded, forget it.

Media note: Footage of the drone operations and evacuation engagement can be found at: [external link]

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:13pm

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Details about this incident may change and should not be used as emergency information and/or advice.

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Stations nearby

GUNNEDAH Fire Station

96 Barber Street, Gunnedah NSW 2380

BOGGABRI Fire Station

175 Merton Street, Boggabri NSW 2382

MANILLA Fire Station

Strafford St, Manilla NSW 2346