Pat Conaghan MP

Evacuation centres in operation as flood waters continue to rise

Evacuation centres have been set up across the Lower and Mid-North Coast as rising flood waters put a number of homes at risk of inundation.

Residents in low lying areas of Nambucca Heads, Kempsey, Macksville, Port Macquarie, Bulahdelah and Laurieton are being urged to consider leaving their homes.

The evacuation centres are located at: Buladelah Bowling Club; Kempsey Showground, Nambucca Heads Library; Macksville High School; Panthers Port Macquarie, and, Laurieton United Services Club.

NSW SES has issued an evacuation warning for low lying properties in the Kempsey CBD.

There is an increasing likelihood of flooding in the Kempsey CBD.

In Port Macquarie, residents impacted by rising river and water have been given until 8pm to leave their homes.

Once floodwater passes 1.75 on the Settlement Point gauge at Port Macquarie a significant number of properties will be inundated.

In Port Macquarie, the areas affected are, Hastings River Drive and Settlement Point Road;  North Shore – Shoreline Drive, Wombat Close, Dolphin Court and Marlin Place; Maria River Road – may become unsafe to travel on due to inundation; Short Street and western end of Clarence Street (CBD); Westport foreshore area and, the Aquatic and Marina Caravan Parks; Elfords Road, the Hatch.

Settlement Point Ferry could cease operating due to high velocity river flows, flood debris and inundation of set down areas.

SES Coffs Harbour has received and completed over 81 requests for assistance, including 50 flood assistance calls, 29 storm assistance calls and one rescue.

A spokesperson said additional SES rescue resources have been redeployed to Macksville to assist with any operations.

SES advice

Once flood water begins inundating the area road access water, sewerage, power, phones and internet may be lost. If you remain in the area you will be trapped and it may be too dangerous for SES to rescue you.

Wherever possible, people should go and stay with family or friends, or make other accommodation arrangements. If you are unable to, an evacuation centre has been set up at the following location:

Once floodwater begins inundating the area, road access may be cut. If you remain in the area after this time, you may become trapped and it may be too dangerous for NSW SES to rescue you.

Residents in impacted areas are urged to:

Lift possessions and important items above the predicted flood height

Take pets, essential items, warm clothes, medicines, insurance documents and valuables with you.

Leave as early as possible to avoid restricted roads.

Share this information with family, friends and neighbours and help others where possible.

For more information:

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For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500. In life threatening situations call triple-0 immediately.