Chaos on slippery causeway

THREE cars were swept off a flooded causeway at Uralba, yesterday morning, but the drivers managed to save themselves before emergency services arrived.

Emergency services were called to the Lovegrove Lane incident about 7.45am, but had trouble accessing the distressed victims due to flooded roads, a NSW Fire Service spokesperson said.

“We were called to an incident with persons trapped and it isunderstood there were three cars involved,” the spokesperson said.

“The fire unit couldn't get through because of floodwaters, so they tried another road but were met with floodwaters again.

“All the persons managed to get themselves out and our job was called off by police by not having a job any more.”

Uralba, located between Ballina and Alstonville, was one of many communities surrounded by floodwaters early yesterday, after Ballina received 170mm of rain in the 24 hours up until 9am yesterday.

Richmond-Tweed SES flood co-ordinator John Brown said the Uralba rescue was called off when the people were known to be ‘safe and sound'.

The Ballina SES made two flood rescues yesterday.

Causeways around the region flooded after yesterday's deluge.

Emergency services personnel have again emphasised how dangerous it is to attempt to drive across flooded low-level crossings

Earlier this year, Ballina man Kevin Richards, 74, drowned while trying to cross a flooded causeway near Ellangowan in his ute.

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