14/11/2023 11:40 AM

In the early hours of Monday 14 November 2022, the NSW Central West was heavily affected by widespread rain over a short period of time.

The catchment areas flowing into Mandagery Creek overflowed, causing flash flooding to the town of Eugowra and surrounds.

In response, the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) launched a large interagency rescue operation. More than 200 NSW SES and inter-agency personnel responded quickly, with 12 helicopters in action over a six-hour period.

More than 700 residents were evacuated and 200 homes severely impacted, with hundreds of flood rescues taking place.

This event took place during one of the largest ongoing flood operations in the history of the NSW SES.

NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York APM expressed her gratitude to those involved in this mammoth response.

“As flood waters inundated the town, neighbours protected neighbours, and emergency services worked side by side with community members to support those affected by the flooding,” Commissioner York said.

“We had volunteers descending from all over the state during this time, putting their lives on hold to protect and serve our community.

“The Central West has faced immense challenges in recent years, with major floods impacting thousands of people. As we reflect on the events that unfolded last year, we extend our thanks to the army of volunteers, first responders and community members, who never gave up,” she said.

NSW Minister for Emergency Service Jihad Dib commended the SES volunteers who worked tirelessly in response to the Eugowra floods.

“One year on from the Eugowra flash flooding event, we have an opportunity to reflect on the incredible work of SES volunteers and to also recognise the strength of the communities impacted by these floods.”

“The recovery journey is different for everyone, but it’s important to pause and take stock of how far the community has come and how people have supported each other.”

“It takes someone special to volunteer their time to keeping the people around them safe, and communities across the state are stronger for their local SES crews and emergency service volunteers.”

During today's Emergency Service Reflection at the Eugowra Showground, four trees were planted in recognition of the events that unfolded on 14 November 2022.

NSW SES planted a tree acknowledging the efforts and response by all first responders and emergency services, NSW Police planted a tree in recognition of the two lives lost, NSW Rural Fire Service planted a tree acknowledging the heroic actions and efforts of all members of the community and NSW Ambulance planted a tree in recognition of the community's resilience.


Media enquiries: NSW SES Media 1800 067 234 or media@ses.nsw.gov.au

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