Southern Highlands flood: Eleven people rescued

Flooding closed Moss Vale Road near Beavan Place, between Bowral and Moss Vale. Photo: Claire Fenwicke

Flooding closed Moss Vale Road near Beavan Place, between Bowral and Moss Vale. Photo: Claire Fenwicke

Police rescued eleven people caught in flood waters on Macquarie Pass in the Southern Highlands overnight. 

At about 5.20pm on Thursday, March 16, nine vehicles containing eleven occupants were travelling west on the Illawarra Highway, Macquarie Pass, in torrential rain, when about two kilometres east of Mount Murray Road, a large amount of water flowed across the road from an escarpment.

Further water flowed across the highway in three places, trapping two separate groups of vehicles.

Police from The Hume Local Area Command, Goulburn Police Rescue, and volunteers from Wingecarribee SES attended the scene, making contact with the trapped motorists.

About 8pm, the first group of people were able to be walked out of the area and taken to safety after a break in the weather. However the vehicles were left at the location.

About 9pm, the second group of people were removed from the area.

No one was injured during the incident.

Police hope the incident serves as a reminder of the dangers of travelling during extreme weather.

For the latest traffic information visit livetraffic.com or call the Traffic Information Line on 132 701. 

For emergency help in floods and storms call SES on 132 500. 

For general flood warnings see www.ses.nsw.gov.au

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