Kempsey Shire Council

SES NSW Evacuation Warning

NSW SES has issued a Flood Evacuation Warning for Low lying properties on the Lower Macleay

Issued: Friday 23 September 2022 at 7:20pm

What is happening

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicting possible flooding for the Lower Macleay areas.

The Bureau is forecasting that the Lower Macleay at Kempsey may reach the moderate flood level of 5.70m Saturday morning.

As a result, residents and visitors to these areas should take action now to prepare for possible flood impacts.

NSW SES is advising residents in low lying areas of the following roads that they may need to evacuate due to rising flood water. These areas include:

• South West Rocks Road

• Smithtown Road

• Plummer’s Lane

NSW SES is advising residents in the following areas that they may need to evacuate due to rising flood water. These areas include:

• South West Rocks

• Crescent Head

• Hat Head

• Maria River Road

• Camping grounds at Delicate Nobby, Point Plummer and Racecourse

Low lying properties may experience impacts due to riverine flooding.

Flood impacts may interrupt essential services such as electricity, phones, internet, water and sewerage.

People in these areas need to closely monitor weather and road closures and make informed decisions early based on individual circumstances.

Residents should monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate when instructed to do so.

A Flood Evacuation Order will be issued by the NSW SES if and when evacuations are required.

What we are expecting

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.

What you need to do

Simple things you can do now:

• 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

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