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Eleven rescued from floodwaters - Macquarie Pass

Friday, 17 March 2017 02:44:58 AM

Police have rescued eleven people caught in flood waters in the Southern Highlands.

About 5.20pm on Thursday 16 March 2017, nine vehicles containing eleven occupants were travelling west on the Illawarra Highway, Macquarie Pass, in torrential rain, when about 2km 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 persons 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 persons were removed from the area.

No persons were 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

For weather warnings check www.bom.gov.au