Crews race to res­cue as storms spark safety fears

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - – Jil­lian Mc­Kee

FEARS that a per­son may have been trapped in South Creek in the wake of Satur­day’s wild weather proved un­founded.

A Pen­rith SES spokesman told The Stan­dard a fullscale search of the area be­gan about 9am on Sun­day.

“The SES re­ceived a call from passers-by say­ing they could hear some­one in dis­tress in the creek,” he said.

“Pen­rith (SES) re­sponded with their flood res­cue crew and worked in con­junc­tion with po­lice and Pol-Air to in­ves­ti­gate, the wa­ter and river­banks were scoured by divers and no one was found.”

The Pen­rith unit re­spond- ed to more than 107 calls for help over the week­end, in­clud­ing at St Marys, with much of the area with­out power on Satur­day.

“Pen­rith and Mt Druitt have been heav­ily hit over the last few weeks,” the spokesman said.

“There has been a fair amount of de­struc­tion to homes, in­clud­ing roof dam­age by fallen trees.”

Mt Druitt SES has re­ceived more than 530 calls for as­sis­tance over the past month.

“We had 56 calls for help over the week­end and were as­sisted by crews from the Hawkes­bury and Canada Bay,” Mt Druitt SES cap­tain Peter Lalor said. “A lot of the jobs in­volved fall­ing trees but also ceil­ing col­lapses as houses in the area had gut­ters filled with leaves.”

He en­cour­aged res­i­dents to clean out their gut­ters to avoid dam­age to their homes.

“Th­ese houses with leaves in the gut­ters are ceil­ings just wait­ing to col­lapse – as well as bush­fire haz­ards,” Mr Lalor said.

“Please look af­ter your prop­erty; if you are rent­ing call your man­ag­ing agent as soon as pos­si­ble. So­cial hous­ing ten­ants are also re­quired to clean out their own gut­ters.”

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