Driver's dangerous move as Sydney streets flood: 'Mind-boggling stupidity'
A Sydney motorist has been slammed after footage emerged showing them driving into floodwaters and bypassing SES attendees helping another car stuck in the water.
Images of the incident —described as "mind-boggling stupidity" —were shared to a Facebook page showing one vehicle partially submerged in water.
Two SES attendees are seen standing next to the vehicle, wearing bright hi-vis gear.
Then, another car drives right past the already-submerged vehicle and into the floodwaters.
"If you see SES volunteers in the water rescuing a car, maybe don’t drive through the same flood waters and splash them!" the poster wrote.
"So dangerous and stupid. People really should know better!"
While the floodwater isn't particularly deep, the SES has repeatedly advised people to avoid driving through floodwaters, as it can be incredibly dangerous.
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In a video sent out by the NSW SES, a volunteer said there had been over 450 jobs called in across Sydney and the Central Coast.
"We've had 15 flood rescues, of which majority of them have come through in the inner west, from Strathfield through to Tempe in the last three hours," he said.
"We want to remind everyone that we know the amazing effort the community is making, staying out of floodwaters. But we are imploring you — 15 flood rescues across the inner west of Sydney and up in the Central Coast is too many.
"Remember, if you drive through flood water, you're not just risking your own life, you're risking the life of your loved ones and the rescuers who come and get you.
Starting photos show Sydney submerged
Other images from around Sydney show the streets completely inundated with water, following a storm which set in across the city.
One photo from Wolli Creek, in Sydney's south, showed how extensive the rain was on Monday.
The water level is almost up to the car's bonnet in the photo and the person who shared it to Reddit said the silver car seen in the photo floated on to the footpath.
"I feel this is the worst it's happened," they said.
"Last year it was barely your feet. This time it's past your knees. Cars driving in, getting stuck & towed out. Parked cars are floating around. There's also a s**tload of council cleanup stuff floating around."
The insanity#arncliffe #wollicreek #sydney #sydneystorm pic.twitter.com/mjBn38eOle
— 🖤Charis McAwesome #3xVaxxed (@TheDigitalMaori) February 22, 2022
More pictures of Wolli Creek on Monday were shared to Twitter showing a balcony of a first-storey apartment inundated with rising water.
Earlier in the day, Brodie Spark Drive was closed in both directions at the Princes Highway to the flooding, however, Live Traffic Sydney said it had since reopened.
On Twitter, one user said low-lying suburbs in Sydney were nightmarish amid all the rain.
Pandemonium in Sydney!!! Major local flooding all around low lying suburbs including Marrickville and Mascot area, be warned airport approach roads area NIGHTMARE, bridge under railway there flooded knee deep, cars stalled everywhere. pic.twitter.com/B05s2pXZ5n
— Duncan Kimball (@DuncanKimball1) February 22, 2022
"Pandemonium in Sydney!!!" they said.
"Major local flooding all around low lying suburbs including Marrickville and Mascot area, be warned airport approach roads area NIGHTMARE, bridge under railway there flooded knee deep, cars stalled everywhere."
While the severe thunderstorm warning in Sydney is no longer active, the Bureau of Meteorology has an active Road Weather Alert for all suburbs in Sydney.
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"Flooded roads and reduced visibility in heavy rain will make driving conditions dangerous during Tuesday in all suburbs," the Bureau said.
"Motorists are advised to take extreme care."
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