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Divers retrieve body from NSW floodwaters

Damage and destruction caused by flooding in Stroud in the NSW Hunter region on Wednesday. A second storm cell off the NSW coast is set to bring more heavy rain as state emergency crews try to get a start on the massive clean-up. (AAP Image/Nikki Short)

Damage and destruction caused by flooding in Stroud in the NSW Hunter region on Wednesday. A second storm cell off the NSW coast is set to bring more heavy rain as state emergency crews try to get a start on the massive clean-up. (AAP Image/Nikki Short)

Sydney [AAP]

An elderly woman’s body has been retrieved from her car, which was swept off a road into floodwaters near Maitland in the NSW Hunter yesterday.

The woman’s small silver hatchback was one of two cars that were swept into floodwaters at Wallis Creek before horrified onlookers about 9am.

Several people ran into the rising waters to help, but they too quickly needed rescuing.

It was not until Wednesday evening that police located the two vehicles.

Divers were able to confirm no one was in the second vehicle, but as night fell they retrieved the body of an 86-year-old Gillieston Heights woman from the first car.

Although officials were initially told there were two women in the hatchback car, it’s now believed the driver was the only person in the car.

‘At this time, there have been no reports of people missing that could be connected to this incident,’ NSW Police said in a statement.

It’s believed the woman had been driving in a convoy of cars, led by four-wheel drives, across a flooded section of road when a red Falcon stalled in front of her and she tried to drive around it.

Two drivers also died in a head-on collision on the drenched New England Highway near Singleton on Wednesday afternoon.

It comes after three elderly people died due in floodwaters in Dungog on Tuesday.

The woman and two men reportedly died in their homes as water surged through the small town after more than 300mm of rain fell in 24 hours.


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