Lithgow homes flooded in weekend stormMonday February 25, 2013 - 08:02 EDT
Homes and businesses were flooded in Lithgow at the weekend after a storm dumped more than 80 millimetres of rain.
The State Emergency Service (SES) says up to five centimetres of water flowed through some homes, after the storm passed over the town at around 9:30pm (AEDT) on Saturday night.
Central West Regional Controller Craig Ronan says the SES received about 20 calls for assistance.
He says the rain was extremely heavy.
"I believe it was in excess of 80mm in the Lithgow area," he said.
"I believe there was quite a bit more in the Blue Mountains, but it was the result of the low that came down the coast and storm passed and the water receded as quickly as it rose."
The SES is again urging people in the Central West not to drive into floodwaters, after the two rescue missions on the weekend.
Mr Ronan says volunteers had to risk their own safety to rescue the occupants of two vehicles in the Lithgow district.
"Just people entering floodwaters," he said.
"And again, I remind people that in severe thunderstorms, there is heavy rain.
"When that occurs, people should not enter floodwaters.
"It's fast flowing water and there's a good possibility those people may drown."
© ABC 2013
More breaking news
A deep low pressure system located over the Tasman Sea has whipped up wild winds and large waves in the past 24 hours, with maximum wave heights peaking at eight metres off the coast from Sydney.
New South Wales residents woke up to a chilly start to the working week.
A record-breaking and continuous winter downpour has caused an explosion of colour in the Australian outback, with country from Coober Pedy in South Australia to Toowoomba in Queensland green and dotted with wildflowers.