The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting that the Macleay River at Kempsey may peak near 6.29m at 6:00am Saturday.
This may cause Kempsey CBD levees to start to overtop a cause flooding of the Kempsey CBD and Eden Street areas, including low lying properties east of the railway north to Frederickton.
As a result, residents and visitors to these areas should take action now to prepare for possible flood impacts including the possible breaching of the Kempsey CBD levee.
NSW SES is advising residents in low lying areas of the following locations that they may need to evacuate due to rising flood water.
These areas include:
• Floodwaters are likely to start isolating Lower Macleay communities due to inundated roads
• Isolation of Upper Macleay communities due to inundated bridges and roads
• Water may enter Second Lane, Eden, Verge, Smith and Austral Street
Low lying properties may experience impacts due to flash flooding and/or riverine flooding. Storm and 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.
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 High School, Broughton Street, Kempsey