Penrith Rescue technician Andrew Bennet responds to the call regarding the flooded home at Luddenham. Picture: Penrith SES.About 90 preschool children were ferried across floodwater to their parents by Penrith SES after floodwater cut off access to their building.
An access roadto Old Macdonalds Childcare at Mandalong Close was cut following torrential rain this afternoon (Tuesday), according to Penrith State Emergency Service (SES) spokesman Michjael Faccin.
“One of the access roads to the childcare centre was cut with fairly deep, fast flowing water,” Mr Faccin said.
“Parents couldn’t reach their children so we ferried them across in our high access vehicles.”
Three SES vehicles and two NSW Rural Fire Service trucks were used in the operation, which saw all 90 children safely delivered to their parents in an operation that took about 90 minutes.
“It took about one and a half hours to get everyone out. When you’re dealing with preschool kids and parents it does take a while,” Mr Faccin said.
The operation wound up shortly after 5pm.
The operation followed SES warnings of flash flooding around the Penrith area.
Volunteers earlier responded to two reports of vehicles stuck in floodwater at Lenore Drive and Templar Road, Erskine Park, this afternoon, Mr Faccin said.
Water had also come through a house at Portrush Crescent, Luddenham, cascading down a set of stairs.
water cascades down a set of stairs at the Luddenham property. Picture: Penrith SES.
Locals have been warned to take care on roads around the region.
“Motorists should be aware of flooded roads and causeways, and that flash flooding can come quickly as drains can be unable to cope,” Mr Faccin said.
“For emergency floods and assistance, people should call 132 500.”
The inside of the Luddenham home. Picture: Penrith SES.
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