On Jul 6, 2022

Marine Rescue flood response update

Volunteers from Marine Rescue NSW continue to support the NSW State Emergency Service in the current flood response.

Overnight, six volunteers from Marine Rescue Ulladulla arrived in North West Sydney, and were on site early this morning at the staging point at Wisemans Ferry next to the Wisemans Ferry Bowling Club.

Volunteers prepare to launch Ulladulla 10 at Wisemans Ferry this morning

Their vessel, Ulladulla 10, has now joined Broken Bay 20 that was on location yesterday, in assisting flooded communities.

The two vessels are working in the isolated MacDonald Valley area, undertaking a range of tasks including evacuation and resupply. They are anticipated to remain in the area until late this week.

Elsewhere today, Marine Rescue volunteers and staff are filling liaison roles in several local Emergency Operations Centres.

A Marine Rescue member in the Emergency Operations Centre on the Central Coast on Tuesday 5 July

While no other Marine Rescue assets are on water, there are a number of crews and vessels on standby ready to assist if required, both on the currently flooded rivers near Sydney and on the Central Coast, as well as in areas further north on the Mid North Coast where heavy rain and flooding are expected to develop later today.

One casualty of the flooding has been the Marine Rescue Tuggerah Lakes base at Toukley, where the floodwaters from Tuggerah Lake, at levels not seen in some 140 years, have surrounded the base and flooded the garage.

The flooded Marine Rescue Tuggerah Lakes base.

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