People urged to avoid travelling through floodwaters

Issued: 6 January 2016

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott is once again urging people to avoid travelling through floodwaters as many parts of NSW are affected by severe wet weather.

Mr Elliott said since the beginning of the storm, the NSW SES has conducted 21 flood rescues, most of which were completely unnecessary.

"Despite countless warnings, people are continuing to risk their lives and the lives of volunteers by crossing floodwaters," Mr Elliott said.

"Floods can be extremely dangerous, it is critical to remain vigilant and aware of the changing conditions. The best way you can help emergency service workers is to stay on high ground.

"Anyone who chooses to ignore the warnings and drive through flooded roads could face a fine in excess of $400 for negligent driving.

"We would also like to encourage holidaymakers who may be in flood risk areas to be aware of local conditions and not wait until it is too late to seek higher ground."

Since the beginning of the storm, SES workers across the state have been working tirelessly responding to over 1400 calls for assistance including 21 flood rescues.

"I would like to personally thank the hardworking emergency services staff and volunteers for keeping the community safe during this wild weather," Mr Elliott said.

For all emergency help in floods and storms, ring the NSW SES on 132 500.