SES Commissioner Carlene York has revealed more about those flood rescues last night in the Woronora area of western Sydney, as flood waters rose.
She said it was “frustrating,” that some people had not left as they had been told to.
“The waters rose very rapidly last night,” she said.
“That area had been under an evacuation order for some time, but it was clear that some people had not evacuated.
“Now, these levels that we saw overnight were equal to around the 1988 flood levels in that area on the Woronora.
“I know that some people might have moved into the area, some people think that they’re experienced in floods, but I think this shows the importance, when we’re given an evacuation order, the importance of leaving the area.
“We had to place our volunteers and rescue services at risk to go into that community, and make at least two flood rescues to get people out.”
York said they also had a hoax call, claiming somebody needed to be rescued from a roof.
“Very disappointingly, we had a hoax last night of a person on a roof who was in need of a flood rescue,” she said.
“What happens is because it’s to save a life, we target our resources and try to get there to save the person.
“It means we take them away from other areas.”
She said volunteers from Victoria are heading to NSW to help.
“It’s still dangerous out there,” she warned.