Wild weather hits Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains was battered by torrential rain and gale force winds on the weekend, causing widespread damage and stretching emergency services crews who responded to more than 100 calls for assistance.

Approximately 210 mm of rain fell in the region in less than 40 hours and by Sunday afternoon 30 Blue Mountains State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers were clearing fallen trees from roads and houses at 60 different locations.

A landslide on Monday morning at Bullaburra forced trains to be delayed by up to 50 minutes in both directions from Monday night and into Tuesday. One early morning train from Bathurst to Central was delayed two hours.

Blue Mountains Police Rescue and NSW Ambulance Special Casualty Access Team (SCAT) paramedics were called to three separate incidents to retrieve bushwalkers stranded in the national park.

In one incident, a personal locator beam was activated in the Grose Valley at 3.15pm on Saturday by an American bushwalker.  A four-man search team set off to find him but pulled out at 3.30am.  The man called triple- 0 at 9am on Sunday to report that he had arrived safely at the car park at Victoria Falls, telling police that he’d been swept downstream along the Grose River during the storm but was able to get himself out.