NSW SES Evacuation Order

Kempsey Shire Council

SES NSW Evacuation Order

The NSW SES has issued Evacuation Orders for low-lying properties in Kempsey CBD and the Lower Macleay

Low lying properties in Kempsey CBD and the Lower Macleay: Evacuate NOW

NSW SES is directing people within Kempsey CBD, Eden Street and areas east of the railway line north up to Frederickton to evacuate the high danger area.

NSW SES is directing people within Low lying properties on the Lower Macleay to evacuate the high danger area.

Once floodwater passes 6.3 metres on the Kempsey gauge at Kempsey, roads will begin to close. These areas include:

  • South West Rocks Road
  • Smithtown Road
  • Plummer’s Lane
  • South West Rocks
  • Crescent Head
  • Hat Head
  • Maria River Road
  • Camping grounds at Delicate Nobby, Point Plummer and Racecourse

Once floodwater passes 6.6 metres on the Kempsey gauge, the Kempsey CBD levee may start to over top and roads will begin to close.

Why we are directing people to evacuate.

There is a high risk that the levee may overtop. 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.

Where to go if Evacuation is required

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.

  • Kempsey Showground – 19 Sea Street, West Kempsey
  • South West Rocks Country Club – 2 Sportsmans Way, South West Rocks

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

Low lying properties should

  • 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.

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