Southern Highlands batter by rain | PHOTOS, VIDEOS

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The State Emergency Service were called to more than 80 jobs on Thursday night and Friday morning. 

The Wingecaribee SES completed 85 jobs in the Southern Highlands in the 24 hours from 1pm on March 16. 

Wingecaribee SES community engagement and media coordinator Carly Miller said four crews worked through the night on Thursday. 

Video: Archie Thomas at Robertson.

“About 15 volunteers were out conducting three flood rescues and responding to numerous storm-related jobs,” she said. 

“There were nine people rescued at Macquarie Pass. 

“Two men were rescued from Bevan Place (Bowral). They were stuck in waist deep flood water.

Ms Miller said Macquarie Pass was closed until further notice because of the rain forecast. A landslide on Jamberoo Mountain also caused chaos for motorists. 

“We are expecting more rain at 9pm tonight (Friday),” she said. 

“Don’t drive through flood waters is the major warning because we are getting lots of water. If it is flooded, forget it.”

The stairs to Coles, opposite Corbett Gardens, in Bowral. Video: Veronica Hagley

Plenty of houses were damaged during the storm on Thursday. 

“Houses at Robertson have been sandbagged,” Ms Miller said. 

“We were called to water damage and rooves leaking.”

At 1.30pm on Friday, March 17, 15 jobs were outstanding. 

Several Southern Highlands’ roads were closed during the storm due to flash flooding. 

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, more than 60 millimeters of rain fell on the highlands in 24 hours.

The rain was heaviest between 4pm and 7.30pm. 

In the first 16 days of March 2017, the Southern Highlands experienced 170 millimeters of rain. 

This is compared to 37 millimeters for the entire month of March in 2016. 

Horse events at the Moss Vale Show were cancelled for the weekend.

Keep and eye on the SES Wingecaribee Facebook page for updates.


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