Crews race to rescue as storms spark safety fears
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.”