The NSW Volunteer Rescue Association is made up of specialist rescue operators working for their communities in over 50 locations across New South Wales.

Our members are primary responders for Road Crash Rescue, General Land Rescue, Vertical Rescue and just about any type of specialist rescue encountered by Emergency Service personnel. The VRA also includes Aerial Patrol, Communications, Cave Rescue, Ski Patrols and Community First Aid teams.

Members, and their Rescue Squads, are accredited by the Minister for Emergency Services through the State Rescue Board as rescue operators in their designated field. From the unforgiving highways and roads that make up the vital circulatory system of New South Wales through to the rugged forests and alpine areas of this great state our small army of unpaid professionals are ready to respond at a moments notice, ready to lend a “helping hand, anywhere, anytime.”

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LATEST ON ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER AT 05:20AM: There continues to be extensive road closures around the state due to severe weather - the latest information can also be found at livetraffic.com

In the state's north:
• The Pacific Highway is closed between Coopernook and Glenthorne.
• The Oxley Highway is closed between Henry Street at Long Flat and Billabong Drive in Sancrox due to flooding. The highway is also closed between Walcha and Mount Seaview due to a landslide.
• Waterfall Way is closed between Dorrigo Mountain and Thora due to a landslide in Thora.
• At Krambah, Bucketts Way is closed due to a landslide.
• At Corindi Beach, Solitary Islands Way is closed between Blackadder Road and Coral Street.
• At Failford, Failford Road is closed between Mill Road and The Lakes Way.
• Giinagay Way is closed between Warrell Creek and Nambucca Heads.
• At Telegraph Point, Telegraph Point Road is closed between Pacific Highway and Hacks Ferry Road.
• Various roads around the Maitland and Cessnock areas are closed.

In and around Sydney:
• At Cattai, Wisemans Ferry Road is closed across the Cattai Creek bridge.
• Wakehurst Parkway is closed from North Narrabeen to Oxford Falls.
• Oxford Falls Road is closed between Wakehurst Parkway and Arrona Road at Oxford Falls.
• At Pitt Town, Pitt Town Road is closed between Saunders Road and Glebe Road.
• At Windsor, Macquarie Street is closed between Brabyn Street and Bell Street.
• At Riverstone, Garfield Road West is closed between West Parade and Carnarvon Road.
• At Richmond, Bells Line of Road is closed across the Hawkesbury River bridge.
• At Yarramundi, Springwood Road is closed across the Yarramundi bridge.
• At Penrith, The Northern Road is closed between Coreen Avenue and Glebe Place.
• At Penrith, Castlereagh Road is closed between Thornton Drive and Jane Street.

In the west:
• Jenolan Caves Road is closed in both directions between Duckmaloi Road and Hampton Road at Hampton.

In the south:
• The Illawarra Highway is closed in both directions through Macquarie Pass. The highway is also closed at Albion Park Rail between Tongarra Road and Croome Lane.
• At the Royal National Park, Audley Rd is closed across the Audley Weir.

Motorists continue to be urged to avoid unnecessary travel.
Those who do need to drive should exercise extreme caution and allow plenty of extra travel time.

Motorists are also urged to follow the direction of police and emergency services and never drive through floodwaters.
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Can you tell us if the M1 (the new road) is open between central coast and coffs harbor please.

Too many to list in the Cessnock area? Or doesn’t matter?

In the early hours of this morning crews from multiple services have spent hours attending vehicles that have entered flood waters which then required assistance.
 
Please do not attempt to drive through these waters! 

NSW SES

In the early hours of this morning crews from multiple services have spent hours attending vehicles that have entered flood waters which then required assistance.

Please do not attempt to drive through these waters!

NSW SES
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*Updated 4.11pm – Saturday 20 March*

IMPORTANT: ROAD CLOSURES, WATER OVER ROAD AND ROADS PRONE TO FLOODING – Saturday 20 March

Please slow down and take extra care on the wet roads. Avoid unnecessary travel.

All low-lying roads close to Tuggerah Lakes are impacted and should be avoided.

The below areas have been impacted by heavy rain – please avoid if possible.

⚠️ ROAD CLOSURES

- Ace Crescent, Tuggerah
- Anzac Road, Tuggerah
- Burns Road, Ourimbah
- Carlton Road, Holgate
- Carrington Street, Narara
- Durren Road, Jilliby (intersection of Smiths Road to Jilliby Road)
- Fairway Drive, Terrigal
- Gavenlock Road, Mardi
- Hanlan Street, Narara
- Jefferies Road, Chittaway Point
- Jilliby Road, Jilliby (from Hue Hue to Watagan Forest Drive)
- Johnson Road, Tuggerah
- Lauffs Lane, Yarramalong
- Linga Longa, Yarramalong
- Lucinda Avenue, Killarney Vale
- Mandalong Road, Durren Durren (from Jilliby Road Durren Durren)
- Mann's Road, West Gosford
- Milina Road, Holgate
- Pandala Road, Narara
- Panonia Road, Wyong
- Reeves Street, Narara
- Shirley Street, Ourimbah
- Showground Road, Gosford
- Teralba Street, Lisarow
- Willoughby Road, Wamberal
- Willow Road, Springfield
- Woodbury Park Drive, Mardi
- Yarramalong Road, Wyong Creek (Lauffs Lane)
- Yarramalong Road, Yarramalong (approximately 1 kilometre before Bumble Hill road)
- Yarramalong Road, Wyong Creek (from intersection of Old Maitland Road)

⚠️ WATER OVER ROAD / PRONE TO FLOODING

- Budgewoi Road, Budgewoi (near Lakes Beach SLSC)
- Bumble Hill Road, Yarramalong
- Chittaway Road, Ourimbah (in front of rugby club)
- Enterprise Drive, Chittaway
- Hue Hue Road, Jilliby (Woods Lane and Topher Road) - significant water over road, please drive carefully and avoid if possible
- Louisiana Road, Warnervale (between Warnervale Road and Georgia Road)
- Oak Road, Matcham
- Peel Street and First Avenue (corner of), Toukley
- Pollock Avenue, Wyong
- Toukley Bridge (Western side)
- Warnervale Road, Hamlyn Terrace (intersection of Warnervale and Louisiana Roads)
- Wattle Tree Road, Holgate (near the bridges) - significant water over road, please drive carefully and avoid if possible
- Wells Street, Springfield
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Stay safe my family & friends 🥺🥺🥺🥺

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Over the past 12 hours, Central Coast Rescue has been tasked to half a dozen or more flood rescues in the area. 

Crews are still out assisting with emergency work along side NSW SES Wyong Unit, NSW Rural Fire Service - Central Coast District, and NSW Ambulance. 

Please stay safe and in life threatening situations please call ‘000’ 

For all flood and storm damage contact the NSW SES on 132 500 but please be patient as they would be experiencing an extremely high call volume.

#vrarescue

Over the past 12 hours, Central Coast Rescue has been tasked to half a dozen or more flood rescues in the area.

Crews are still out assisting with emergency work along side NSW SES Wyong Unit, NSW Rural Fire Service - Central Coast District, and NSW Ambulance.

Please stay safe and in life threatening situations please call ‘000’

For all flood and storm damage contact the NSW SES on 132 500 but please be patient as they would be experiencing an extremely high call volume.

#vrarescue
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Stay safe you lot

If it’s flooded forget it.

The understatement of the day!

We have seen many people attempt to drive through flood waters over the last 2 days. Please don’t put yourself and others at risk! 
 
*Jilliby Rd has been added to the list of road closures.

#floodrisk #fastwaters #centralcoastImage attachmentImage attachment

If it’s flooded forget it.

The understatement of the day!

We have seen many people attempt to drive through flood waters over the last 2 days. Please don’t put yourself and others at risk!

*Jilliby Rd has been added to the list of road closures.

#floodrisk #fastwaters #centralcoast
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Specially if you don’t know how to do a water crossing and this dood . That’s not how ya do it .

Does anyone know if there is water still on the road

What about Allison Rd is that flooded at all?

Natasa Marinkovic

Kris Wallace

Yarramalong rd past lavender farm

Dylan Pennells

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Jake Mitchell

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11pm updated severe weather warning. Note that the Bureau of Meteorology classify the Central Coast as part of the Hunter Forecast District. This is a lengthy detailed forecast so we recommend reading it closely.

Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS and HEAVY RAINFALL

For people in Mid North Coast and parts of Northern Rivers, Hunter and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 11:02 pm Thursday, 18 March 2021.

HEAVY RAIN, POSSIBLY LIFE THREATENING, AND DAMAGING WINDS FOR THE MID NORTH COAST, THEN EXTENDING SOUTH.

A coastal trough continues to intensify off the northern New South Wales coast, with the forecast of an embedded Coastal Low to form within the trough on Friday. This low is forecast to slowly track down the north coast later on Friday

HEAVY RAINFALL, leading to FLASH FLOODING, is persisting about parts of the exposed Hunter coastline as the trough deepens. Increased rainfall rates about areas of the Mid North Coast are likely to continue to develop into Friday as a low is forecast to form off the Mid North Coast, shifting south as the low moves down the north coast.

INTENSE RAINFALL which may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding may develop in areas of the Mid North Coast and northern Hunter districts as continued rainfall impacts the region. Roads are likely to be cut off by water, and there will be an increased risk of landslips over this period.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are likely to form on Friday along the coastal fringe as the low develops in the Mid North Coast, with the area of impact moving south by the evening.

The exact positioning and movement of the Coastal Low will impact the areas of strongest winds and highest rainfall, and updates to the warning will be issued as this system develops.

As catchments are relatively wet in the Mid North Coast, RIVERINE FLOODING is also possible. A Flood Watch has been issued, covering the Mid North Coast, Hunter and parts of Sydney. See the latest at www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/flood/floodwatch1.shtml.ed.

Locations which may be affected include Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree, Newcastle, Gosford and Maitland.

As of 11pm, the highest rainfall obs since 9 am are:

SEVEN OAKS (MACLEAY RIVER) total 260mm

- 6 hr max: 202 mm was observed in the 6hrs to 18.03.2021 4pm

- 3 hr max: 127.5 mm was observed at SEVEN OAKS (MACLEAY RIVER) in the 3hrs to 18.03.2021 2:30pm

- 2 hr max: 90.5 mm was observed at SEVEN OAKS (MACLEAY RIVER) in the 2hrs to 18.03.2021 1:30pm

ALDAVILLA D/S (MACLEAY RIVER) (MNC) total 182mm

- 6 hr max: 157 mm was observed in the 6hrs to 18.03.2021 3:15pm

KEMPSEY AP AWS (MNC) total 156mm.

- 6 hr max: 131.8mm was observed in the 6hrs to 3:18pm

BLACKSMITHS (Hunter) total 181mm

- 6 hr max: 119 mm was observed at BLACKSMITHS in the 6hr to 18.03.2021 4:50pm

- 1 hr max: 50 mm was observed at BLACKSMITHS in the 1hr to 18.03.2021 11:45am

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
* After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 am AEDT Friday.
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Good evening

Our sand bag facility is now closed for the night. We will re-open it at 7am at Levitt St Wyong (Wyong SES HQ).

This will be a self service location for people to fill and collect their own bags. Please bring a shovel if possible, otherwise we have a limited supply of sand scoops.

We are attempting to arrange some other sand bag points around the community. We hope to have an update on that in the morning.
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Always hold hands or feathers while crossing the road!

#waterforducks #ducklings #adventure #rain #rainyday #followtheleader #duckcrossing #centralcoastnsw #vrarescue

Always hold hands or feathers while crossing the road!

#waterforducks #ducklings #adventure #rain #rainyday #followtheleader #duckcrossing #centralcoastnsw #vrarescue
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Great to see!🦆

Cuuuuute 🙏

Great message

They come to visit the station? 🙂

WEATHER WARNING 

An intense low pressure system is currently passing over the east coast regions producing heavy rainfalls.

Over 20 regions have been placed on flood watch including the Central Coast region for minor flooding. 

NSW SES Wyong Unit has now opened a self serve sand bag point if any residents are in need of sand bags at the Levitt St headquarters. 

Please take extra care on our roads in these conditions, and do not attempt to drive through any flooded waterways. 

#vrarescue
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WEATHER WARNING

An intense low pressure system is currently passing over the east coast regions producing heavy rainfalls.

Over 20 regions have been placed on flood watch including the Central Coast region for minor flooding.

NSW SES Wyong Unit has now opened a self serve sand bag point if any residents are in need of sand bags at the Levitt St headquarters.

Please take extra care on our roads in these conditions, and do not attempt to drive through any flooded waterways.

#vrarescue
#centralcoastnsw
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