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Man rescued near Otford as challenging weather causes havoc across the Illawarra

The rescue near Otford last night. Picture: NSW SES

EMERGENCY services were kept busy last night attending a number of flood rescues as severe weather continues to lash the Illawarra.

A man was rescued last night after he was washed away in the Hacking River near Otford.

A NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) crew member found the man in a nearby creek and he was pulled to safety. Additional RFS crew members then assisted the rescued man to higher ground, where he was assessed for injuries.

A severe weather warning remains in place for heavy rainfall, damaging winds and surf in the Illawarra for the next few days. Authorities warn to stay clear of flood waters and avoid leaving your home, except for essential travel.

Wollongong City Council report a number of “water over road” signs have been put in place. The following roads were closed this morning: Gladstone St, Bellambi, Carrington St, Woonona and Otford weir.

A spokesperson said the conditions continue to be challenging today.

For the latest on the roads visit: www.livetraffic.com/

Keep up to date with the latest forecasts from Bureau of Meteorology. If you need assistance with flood or storm damage call NSW SES on 132 500 or if it’s a life threatening emergency call Triple Zero.


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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