Kempsey Shire Council has begun the first steps to recovery.
As we shift from emergency to recovery, council is working hard to allow individuals and businesses to get back to normal.
Council works teams are clearing streets, assessing bridges and roads, clearing landslips and repairing potholes.
While this work will be ongoing for some time, it's also important to acknowledge the emotional and mental strain this crisis has had on our community.
There are a range of support services to assist in the community's recovery from financial hardship through to mental health services.
During the flood, many people across the Shire experienced damage and loss to properties and livestock. To find out what financial assistance is available call Service NSW's Disaster Customer Care Service on 13 77 88 or go to: ksc.pub/Disaster-relief
Macleay Valley Recovery Hub
Council's dedicated Recovery Hub, located on Elbow St, West Kempsey (next door to Service NSW), is open to assist the community seven days a week from 8.30am to 4.30pm.
Council's Recovery Team are working with government agencies and charities to help people with a variety of issues arising from the flood.
If you need assistance you can either call into the office or contact them during office hours on 6566 3200.
Free mental health assistance
Make sure you prioritise your mental health during this difficult time. Recognise when you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, worried or just not like your normal self and reach out to someone.
If you are concerned about your own mental health or someone you know, you can call the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.
Parents concerned about their child's mental health can phone the above number or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.
Want to help those affected?
If you are seeking to help through giving to those affected by the floods, council is asking people not to donate unwanted goods to communities.
This results in crucial volunteer hours being dedicated to sorting and storing items instead of helping people directly.
If you'd like to contribute, the official way to do so is through not-for-profit organisation GIVIT. Go to: ksc.pub/GIVIT
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