Vol­un­teers re­turn to own or­deal

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

AFTER spend­ing the day evac­u­at­ing res­i­dents from flood­wa­ters, Ersk­ine Park Ru­ral Fire Bri­gade vol­un­teers ar­rived back at the sta­tion on Sun­day night to a nasty shock.

Nearby South Creek had flooded, leav­ing the sta­tion and vol­un­teers’ cars al­most one me­tre deep in rapidly flow­ing wa­ter.

The men could only watch from the road as five cars were writ­ten off and sta­tion equip­ment, sup­plies and elec­tri­cal goods de­stroyed.

Vol­un­teer Ben Woods said he had never seen it this bad.

“The river has peaked twice and this is the third time, and it is the worst it has ever been,” he said.

“The wa­ter was 81cm high around my car – it’s one of those things where you hear about it hap­pen­ing and you never ex­pect it.”

Col­league Mick Smee said while the whole or­deal was “dev­as­tat­ing” the crew were still in high spir­its.

“You can al­ways re­place a ve­hi­cle, you can’t re­place a hu­man be­ing,” he said.

The clean-up con­tin­ues at the sta­tion, with the crew spend­ing eight hours mop­ping up yes­ter­day.

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