LATEST: Flood situation for Kempsey

Photo: Kegs Tolhurst

Photo: Kegs Tolhurst

NO SIGNIFICANT rainfall has fallen over the Macleay River Valley since 6am Sunday.

The main flood peak along the Macleay River is now approaching Kempsey.

As a result he Bureau of Meteorology has predicted that the Macleay River at Kempsey is expected to peak near 4.5 metres Sunday afternoon with minor flooding.

The Macleay River at Smithtown is expected to peak near 3.00 metres around midnight Sunday into Monday morning with minor flooding.

As a result flood water may start to impact low lying areas, roads, bridges and causeways in and around Kempsey and the lower Macleay.

Should river heights continue to rise residents need to consider the impact of potential isolation.

The NSW SES recommends the following actions:

 Impacted residents should be aware of possible isolation that could affect their work, family and educational commitments

 If your property is at risk of inundation, raise moveable items, such as furniture, as high as possible onto benches or tables, placing electrical items on top.

 If you live in a low-lying area and are advised by an emergency services officer to evacuate, please do so.

 Secure outside belongings and before leaving; turn off the power, water and take essential medicines and clothes with you.

 Never drive ride or walk through floodwater

 For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132-500

 NSW SES website: FloodSafe website:

 In a life-threatening emergency call 000 (triple zero)

 Road information, for local roads contact council or log onto

 Road information on State Government managed roads go to the Live Traffic NSW website at

 Rural animal and livestock assistance contact your Local Land Services Office

 Bureau of Meteorology weather forecasts and flood predictions for the Macleay River are available on the Bureau’s website at

Latest River Heights:

Location Height of River (m) Tendency Date/Time of Observation

Macleay River at Bellbrook 4.94 Steady 04:39 PM SUN 19/03/17

Macleay River at Turners Flat 5.80 Falling 04:00 PM Sun 19/03/17

Macleay River at Kempsey (AHD) 4.45 Steady 04:40 PM SUN 19/03/17

Macleay River at Smithtown 2.60 Rising 04:15 PM SUN 19/03/17

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