Weather in Sydney, Melbourne: Pizza delivery boy stuck in flood waters on Hacking River Otford
A driver desperate to deliver pizzas on time despite an emergency weather warning was almost swept away by raging flood waters after his car was caught in an overflowing river.
Emergency services were called to the scene around 7.30pm on Saturday after the young man was engulfed by rising water on the Hacking River in Otford, 60km south of Sydney.
The driver from Sylvania was able to climb out the window of his car after it got stuck on two bollards on the side of the bridge and shout out to Triple Zero from the roof.
Luckily, the property next to the bridge belongs to a volunteer from the Rural Fire Department, who was able to come to the drivers’ aid along with members of the Wollongong Police.
A pizza delivery boy is lucky to be alive after being almost swept away by raging floodwaters after his car was caught in an overflowing river (pictured, rescue efforts on Saturday).
Crews from Otford and Helensburgh soon joined them at the scene and used a large tanker truck to pry the man off the roof of his car.
Otford RFS Deputy Commander Phil Rook said the young delivery driver was “calm” despite the dangerous conditions during the rescue.
“When I came down here at the time, it was very wet and very slippery, pretty awful,” he said.
Mr Rook said the driver did not drive through flood water but running water on the road caused his car to slide into the overflowing river.
The driver was a local to the area and familiar with flooding, but Mr Rook said knowledge is not always enough to keep drivers safe.
Without the bollards holding the car in place, it’s unlikely the delivery man was able to escape the current.
Emergency services were called to the scene around 7.30pm on Saturday (pictured) after the young man was trapped in the Hacking River near Otford, 60km south of Sydney
Mr Rook said the delivery man could not see the rising water from where he entered the road and was “extremely lucky” to be alive.
“Of course, don’t drive through flood waters, but also know what dangers there are in your area and pay attention to the conditions,” said the commander.
“Don’t think you can wing it, but try to be smart and take some time to get home safely.”
It comes as large parts of NSW continue to be lashed with rain, causing swollen rivers to overflow and triggering dozens of flood warnings across the state.
A light to moderate flooding warning remains in place for the Peel and Namoi rivers in Tamworth, Gunnedah, Boggabri, Narrabri, Bugilbone and Goangra, with moderate flooding possible for Tamworth on Sunday afternoon.
This week’s rain is expected to ease on Sunday when the low pressure system finally moves out to sea, giving rain-weary residents some respite (pictured rain in NSW).
Strong winds are forecast across the state on Sunday when the low pressure system finally moves out to sea, giving residents a break from the wild weather.
However, the SES warns that regions across NSW are not out of the woods with the yet The start of a 2,500km band of rain is expected to form across central western Australia on Tuesday evening.
The band is expected to move east early Wednesday morning, bringing light to moderate showers to southeast WA and southern South Australia.
By midday on Wednesday the low will extend fully from south WA through SA and across Victoria to eventually center and south NSW.
Flood-weary residents are in for another round of wet and wild weather as Sydney officially records its wettest year on record.
Rain last month was 126 percent above the 1961-1990 average — the fifth-highest rainfall since records began in September.
Moderate to heavy rain is expected in these regions Thursday morning, with central NSW and north Victoria set to bear the brunt of the deluge.
“There is a possibility that more than 100 mm will fall. The state’s west-central and northwest should experience lighter falls, but still enough to cause significant flooding,” said Weatherzone meteorologist Bob Neil.
The SES has warned that several other catchments across NSW are still at risk of flooding, with some areas receiving 100mm in just three days.
A 2,500km band of rain (above) is expected to cover parts of WA, SA, NSW and Victoria from Tuesday
Sydneysiders will manage to avoid most of next week’s rain after three heavy rain systems hit the NSW central coast (pictured, Sydney racegoers on Saturday).
Fortunately for Sydneysiders, however, the Harbor City will dodge most of the rain as rain is not forecast until next Friday.
Brisbane was due to see its last rain for the next seven days this Sunday, with a shower or two expected before the system heads to sea.
Perth is expected to remain mostly sunny for the foreseeable future during the upcoming band of rain with high temperatures a low 20C.
Unfortunately, Adelaide residents are expected to start clearing rain from the system from Tuesday until the end of the working week.
Hobart will see the rain a little later, with a high chance of showers forecast for each day from Wednesday.
Darwin is expected to experience storms with up to 15mm of fall on Sunday.
FOUR-DAY FORECAST FOR LARGE CITIES
Sunday Partly cloudy. Maximum 22
Monday Possible showers. Min 13, Max 20
Tuesday Partly cloudy. Min 8 Max 19
Wednesday Mostly sunny. Min 7 Max 21
Sunday Partly cloudy. Maximum 17
Monday Partly cloudy. Min 9 Max 22
Tuesday Showers develop. Min 15 Max 24
Wednesday showers. Min 13 Max 18
Sunday Partly cloudy. Maximum 15
Monday Partly cloudy. Minimum 6, maximum 18
Tuesday Partly cloudy. Min 8 Max 22
Wednesday increasing showers. Min 13, Max 20
Sunday Partly cloudy. Maximum 14
Monday Possible late showers. Minimum 6, maximum 17
Tuesday Mostly sunny. Min 8 Max 19
Wednesday shower or two. Min 10, Max 20
Sunday showers. Maximum 15
Monday Partly cloudy. Minimum 4, maximum 17
Tuesday Partly cloudy. Min 6 Max 19
Wednesday Possible showers. Min 7 Max 19
Sunday rain. Max 18
Monday Partly cloudy. Min 11 Max 19
Tuesday Partly cloudy. Min 12, Max 21
Wednesday Partly cloudy. Min 13, Max 22
Sunday showers, easing. Maximum 25
Monday Cloudy. Min 17 Max 23
Tuesday Partly cloudy. Min 15 Max 24
Wednesday Cloudy. Min 13, Max 24
Sunday showers. storm likely. Maximum 34
Monday Possible showers. Min 25 Max 36
Tuesday Possible showers. Min 26 Max 34
Wednesday shower or two. Min 25 Max 33
Source: Bureau of Meteorology
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