Brothers Paddle Boogie Board In Macca's Drive Thru As Flood Waters Soak NSW
Fast food drive-thrus usually won't serve people on foot or bicycles -- but they don't say anything about boogie boards.
As NSW cops a historic soaking of rain -- with some areas recording more than 300mm within 48 hours -- many parts of the state are in chaos. Roads are cut off, properties have been inundated, and there are warnings for potentially life-threatening flooding.
But while many sheltered inside, under blankets or in front of TV screens, a group of men in the NSW central coast town of Tuggerah were getting out amongst the water -- and have been reprimanded by the state's police minister.
Video of the men riding a jetski in flooded streets of their town, and then trying to paddle a boogie board through the drive-thru queue for a McDonald's restautant, has gone viral online.
The jetski video drew swift condemnation from NSW Police minister David Elliott, who labelled the driver a "boofhead" and asked police to investigate.
Two brothers and one of their friends were behind the videos. One of the men told 10 daily that they weren't worried about their safety.
"Not at all. I guess you don't think about that when you're living in the moment," the man said.
"Plus [the man driving the jetski] had a life jacket on for his safety from drowning."
He claimed Elliott "doesn't have a sense of humour".
As of Sunday morning, the NSW State Emergency Service said it had responded to 2200 jobs since the intense weather began on Wednesday. The SES has been tasked with more than 40 flood rescue requests, with some 800 volunteers out in the field.
"We ask people also to be patient. Obviously the number to ring if it is life-threatening is 000, but the one for assistance for the SES when there are leaks, storms, damage, is 132 500," an SES spokesperson said.
A police spokeswoman had stern words for those being risky in the rain and floods, calling out "reckless and unnecessary" behaviour such as driving boats, swimming or surfing.
"People are clearly not hearing or adhering to those messages. Do not drive into swollen water areas across roadways. It is very dangerous. We have experienced an increase in demand for people driving into floodwaters. It doesn't work," police said.
"It is way too dangerous. It is going to compromise their own safety and the safety of those that come to their aid."
The BOM issued minor flood warnings for a number of catchments including the Cooks River, Orara River and Tuggerah Lake, and a minor to moderate warning for the Hawkesbury and Nepean rivers.
The NSW SES said residents in rural areas should move stock and equipment to higher ground.
BOM says the trough bringing persistent rain and windy conditions will continue extending into the southern coast on Sunday.
Damaging wind gusts exceeding 90km/h are possible along the coastal fringe between Ulladulla and Forster, and damaging surf conditions are forecast to develop.
Live Traffic said the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase national park was closed on Sunday due to flooding and fallen trees. In Narara, power operator AusGrid said electricity lines had come down, and warned people to be wary.