News / Featured / 25th November 2021
Flood rescue: VRA tasked to Gwabegar
Coonabarabran Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) was called into action on Monday, 22 November, when much of Gwabegar was inundated with flood waters.
An elderly couple that was attempting to gain access to their property became stranded when flood waters rose quickly around their car.
The Newcastle couple were rescued by the VRA members, along with their belongings, and conveyed back to Coonabarabran.
Member for Barwon, Roy Butler said the townships of Baradine and Gwabegar had recorded 225 millimetres in one fall.
"The local SES and police have responded to residents calls for help and swung into action,” Mr Butler said.
“There are at least 10 homes in Gwabegar with water over the floor.
“People are staying with friends and the community hall is being used as a temporary shelter.”
Mr Butler said an assessment team had been dispatched from Gilgandra to review the situation.
Baradine farmer, Ted Hayman said the water level at the creek which runs through his property had come up as far as he had ever seen it before.
With skies clearing on Tuesday, Mr Hayman and his wife Judy hoped the flood waters would recede enough for them to make it across the flooded creek to get supplies from Baradine before the next predicted downpour arrived.
More rain was expected to fall until Monday next week.
“We should be okay, we have a couple ways of leaving if we have to,” Mr Hayman said.
“However, I feel for all the farmers who have crop in. All this rain would have pretty much have destroyed it all.”