Police respond to multiple incidents during rain event
Sunday, 21 March 2021 04:58:13 AM
Police and emergency services have responded to numerous requests for assistance in the past 24 hours, including the rescue of two stranded bushwalkers in the Blue Mountains.
In the first incident, around 2.30pm (Saturday 20 March 2021), two bushwalkers were returning from a camping trip while walking the Six-Foot Track at Katoomba, when they got into difficulties while crossing a fast flowing watercourse, which had become swollen by heavy rain which had fallen in the area over the past 48 hours.
They managed to cross to the other side, and as they continued along the track, their path was again blocked by more fast-flowing water which had formed a waterfall across the track.
Stuck between two large bodies of water, they contacted '000' for assistance.
Blue Mountains Police Rescue and NSW Ambulance SOT paramedics attended and managed to locate the pair near Nelly’s Glen.
Officers set up a roping system and after placing the bush walkers in a harness, they were assisted across the falls safely.
They were examined by Ambulance paramedics before being allowed to leave.
In a second incident, residents of four houses in Wallaroy Crescent, Woollahra were evacuated following a partial wall collapse.
A resident noticed a 40-metre natural rock cliff face had shifted due to heavy rainfall and contacted emergency services.
Around 8.30pm, officers from Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command and NSW Fire & Rescue attended and inspected the wall.
There were concerns that parts of the rock wall could collapse, resulting in significant damage to nearby properties.
After consultation with the NSW Fire & Rescue, police evacuated the residents of four nearby houses as a precaution, until the area could be assessed by a structural engineer.
Structural engineers declared one property was unsafe to return until the wall was stabilised, while allowing residents of the three other houses to return home safely.