Big job after the big dump: Snowfall keeps SES on alert

BUSY: Oberon SES member Charlie Stapleton inspecting a bogged ute at the top of the Two Mile Hill leading into Jenolan Caves.

BUSY: Oberon SES member Charlie Stapleton inspecting a bogged ute at the top of the Two Mile Hill leading into Jenolan Caves.

THE winter blast that passed through the Oberon district over the past two weeks has kept Oberon State Emergency Service members busy.

Heavy snow and very low temperatures creating ice made local roads unsafe.

Oberon SES member Craig Gibbons said when the big dump arrived on the Saturday morning, they assembled a group to patrol local roads.

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"We had to assist a few motorists back on the roads," he said.

"We assisted with road closure signs, but a lot of snow-chasers were refusing to turn around. Once the council graders came in to clear roads, our calls slowed down on the Saturday.

"On Sunday morning, the call-outs started at 7am."

Mr Gibbons said there are still patches of snow around the higher peaks around Oberon.