Heavy floods have led to the shutdown of campgrounds and show caves atand Abercrombie Caves ( ).
According to a report, the closures are triggered by heavy rains that fell over the weekend.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) personnel are currently looking at the extent of the damage on each site.
The closures include all caves at Wombeyan,area, , and dormitories.
All caves at Abercrombie are also closed, and so are thearea, Arch Cottage, the Groves Creek falls, and Mt. Grey Walking tracks.
“The flooding at Abercrombie, which is in the state’s central-west, was particularly bad,” NPWS Area Manager Angela Lonergan said.
“Judging by the water height, it is the worst flooding in 70 years. The pedestrian bridge across the creek was damaged by the floodwaters removing some of the deckings.”
“Electrical cables for automatic lighting systems inside the cave have been washed away at Abercrombie.”
“At Wombeyan, several lightning strikes may have damaged power cables, and there is a build-up of flood debris in theArch.”
“Both sites have damaged sections of track and debris on walking tracks and viewing platforms,” Lonergan said.
Lonergan said campers were stranded at Abercrombie because of the rising creek and were assisted by NPWS to get out after the water receded on Monday.
“The areas will be re-opened to the public as soon as they are safe,” Lonergan said.
As of writing, Abercrombie Caves is closed until June 4, 2022, andis closed until February 25 to allow flood recovery works to happen.