Kempsey Shire dodges a bullet as storm whipped coast | photos

THE HASTINGS Valley to the south and the Nambucca and Bellinger valleys to the north copped a bucketing – but Kempsey Shire survived relatively unscathed.

The rain on Saturday only set in over the Macleay mid-afternoon on Saturday, but once the clouds finally burst they delivered in spades.

By this morning, Macleay River water levels had started to fall at Bellbrook and Toorooka but continued to rise downstream to Kempsey. A minor flood warning remained current on Sunday morning for Kempsey and Smithtown.

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In this morning’s update by Kempsey Shire Council: Roads affected by flooding – Bellbrook, Toorooka, Temagog, Turners Flat and Sherwood Bridges are all closed.

Dungay Creek causeway is closed.

Gladstone St, West Kempsey railway underpass, is closed.

Queen St, South Kempsey, is closed

Old Aerodrome Rd is closed

Euroka Rd is closed

Crescent Head Rd at Rudders Lagoon remained open at 10.30am.

There may be water over or adjacent to other roads – proceed with caution.

River levels

Georges Creek – 4.89m at 9.00am – appears to have peaked

Bellbrook – 5.04m at 10.14am – falling but may rise again with flows from upper catchment

Toorooka – 6.15m at 10.12am - rising

Turners Flat – 6.01m at 9.00am – rising

Sherwood Bridge – 6.33m at 10.04am - rising

Kempsey Traffic Bridge – 3.23m at 8.45am – rising

Belmore River entrance – 1.05m at 10.00am - rising

Flood relief gates at Kinchela Creek and Belmore River are closed.

Flood gates on Kinchela Creek, Belmore River, Euroka Creek and Christmas Creek are closed.

A decision on opening the relief gates at Kinchela Creek and Belmore River will not be made until river heights can be more accurately assessed but opening is unlikely.

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