Would you drive through this? Rescuers reveal ‘deceptive’ floodwaters

Date: 2021-11-23 09:20:33

Multiple rescues across NSW due to deceptive floodwaters has sparked a warning from authorities.

NSW State Emergency Services (SES) have released an image of a flooded road in Tamworth which looks deceptively shallow.

“This photo is very deceptive, what you can’t see is the rapids at the other end,” NSW SES said.

Multiple flood rescues sparks authorities warning to avoid driving through floodwaters.
The flooded road looks deceptively shallow. (NSW SES)

A small Subaru wagon drove around road closed signs into the pictured floodwaters yesterday evening.

“The vehicle got stuck halfway across a strong, fast-flowing creek,” SES crews said in a Facebook post.

SES crews from Gunnedah and Tamworth assisted the passengers and a dog from the vehicle.

It has sparked a fresh warning from NSW SES for people to avoid driving through floodwaters or swollen rivers.

Parts of Gunnedah and Carroll in the NSW north-east are experiencing flooding.
Parts of the NSW north-east are also experiencing flooding. (Live Traffic NSW)

“It’s important to note that some roads may be cut off with little warning,” NSW RFS said.

“So even if there are no warning signs or road closed signs never drive through floodwaters.”

A number of other rescues have taken place in NSW over the past week after heavy rainfall caused flash flooding in the Hunter region and north-east of the state.

Heavy rainfall has resulted in flooding across multiple parts of the state.

Millie Creek flooding, Millie, south of Moree. Northern Tablelands are expected to receive a month's rain in one day. 11th November 2021 Photo Louise Kennerley
More rain is on the way for NSW with more flooding expected. (Louise Kennerley)

Weatherzone said November has been a particularly wet month for NSW with more than two months’ worth of rain during the last three weeks.

More flooding is expected as showers and thunderstorms continue to lash the state over the next week.

Forbes residents are barricading their homes and businesses with sandbags as they prepare for an evacuation order amid rising floodwaters.

How residents of NSW town are preparing for major flooding

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