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Australia SES slams NSW driver behaviour during floods 'completely unacceptable'

13:53  20 march  2021
13:53  20 march  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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More than 2,000 rescues may be needed in a matter of days unless motorists in New South Wales stop recklessly driving through floodwaters during the state's historic storm event, authorities have warned.

NSW Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said SES crews had received '4,000 distress calls' and made 500 rescues by 3pm on Saturday since the storm began.

He said he expected the rescues to continue, mainly due to people driving into deep water.

'It is completely unacceptable,' Mr Elliott said.

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If the current behaviour of NSW drivers continued, Mr Elliott warned, the SES was on track to have to make an extraordinary 2000 rescues by Wednesday.

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'So far that's 500 specialist SES crews that have put their lives at risk because people have not heeded the warnings,' Mr Elliott said.

'If the trajectory is correct... we're going to be looking at 2,000 flood rescues by Wednesday.'

'The SES are volunteers. So please do not give them grief if they can't turn up right away. They are putting their lives at risk, with no thought of reward or recognition, to save yours.'

He said drivers should not be driving through floodwater if they cannot see the road underneath.

The service responsible for issuing the driving public with updates, Live Traffic NSW, was continually issuing advice to drivers on Saturday.

Almost all included the warning: 'Do not drive through floodwater. Stay away. Delay your journey.'

On Saturday evening, the SES was still pleading with road users on its Facebook page: 'Never walk, ride or drive through flood water. If it’s flooded forget it.'

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