FOR the second weekend running, Wingham State Emergency Services crews were kept busy with flood operations in the area as moderate flood levels were recorded at the Manning River.
Wingham SES unit controller, Gary Green said while there weren’t as many storm damage jobs for his crew, the area was more impacted by flood waters and fallen trees.
Crews responded to a number of properties affected by flash flooding and leaking roofs.
It also assisted ambulances to two medical emergencies in the Mount George and Coolongolook area which were flooded.
An SES team from Wollongong was brought in to assist and relieve the Wingham volunteers on Monday after a tiring few days.
On Monday State Emergency Services issued a warning that Cedar Party Bridge, at the entrance to the township of Wingham, was expected to be closed from 8.30am Monday.
The Manning River peaked on Monday at Wingham at 10 metres at 6am with river levels at Killawarra at 12.61 at 4.45am.
Despite heavy rainfall up river, the river did not rise to predicted levels and the bridge remained open allowing access into Wingham.
Gloucester Road was cut twice over the weekend and a number of roads and bridges including the Bight Bridge, Bulga Road and Black Flat Lane were inaccessible.
Comboyne Road at Killabakh was made unpassable due to a landslide. Greater Taree City Council advises the public to keep clear of landslide areas due to instability.
Mr Green said the public must obey road closure signs put in place by emergency crews. He said there were some unfortunate incidents over the weekend where SES volunteers were abused by members of the public as they put road closures in place.
“This is not acceptable. They are only doing a voluntary job.”
“Although an inconvenience, they are put up for the public’s safety.”
Mr Green thanked the local crews for their time and dedication over the weekend, the team from Wollongong who relieved the locals and the NSW Fire and Rescue squad who assisted in Wingham.