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Ersk­ine Park Ru­ral Fire Bri­gade vol­un­teers were help­ing flood vic­tims on Sun­day night ... back at the sta­tion their own ve­hi­cles and gear was go­ing un­der­wa­ter.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian McKee

MT DRUITT and St Marys res­i­dents were mop­ping up on Mon­day morn­ing after a wet week­end but they were grate­ful the re­gion es­caped largely un­scathed from the mas­sive storm front that bat­tered Syd­ney.

The Prospect Dam ob­ser­va­tion cen­tre recorded 132mm of rain on Satur­day and 113mm on Sun­day.

Worst af­fected in the re­gion was St Marys, with The Kingsway Play­ing Fields in­un­dated by flood­wa­ters.

SES Mt Druitt unit lo­cal con­troller Peter Lalor said it had been a busy week­end.

“We have 20 jobs we are still work­ing on to­day and had a to­tal of 50 calls, in­clud­ing a cou­ple of flood rescues out­side of the area,” he said.

“We had fallen trees, leak­ing roofs and in­ef­fec­tive drainage. Palmer­ston Rd Creek in Mt Druitt flooded, with wa­ters headed to­wards hous­ing.

“Peo­ple along those streets had wa­ter com­ing up their front steps. It was a real mixed bag of jobs.”

Mr Lalor said the Mt Druitt SES had five crews out at dif­fer­ent times over the week­end.

“And we had a team work­ing un­til 4am this morn­ing (Mon­day) in­volved with the flood rescues,” he said.

Among the jobs was a car caught in flood­wa­ter on For­rester Rd, North St Marys, on Sun­day night

With a num­ber of lo­cal roads still af­fected by flood­wa­ters, St Marys po­lice urged res­i­dents not to at­tempt to drive through af­fected ar­eas.

Pic­ture: Matthew Sul­li­van

RFS vol­un­teers Mick Smee and Ben Woods lost their ve­hi­cles in the del­uge.

Clock­wise from top: Flash flood­ing over The Kingsway and Charles Hackett Drive in St Marys, wa­ter­logged Sage St, a gur­gling stormwa­ter drain in Mt Druitt and Jadie Zangs’ Coyl­ton back­yard.

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