Bureau issues final flood warning

The Liberty service station on the Pacific Highway at South Grafton.
The Liberty service station on the Pacific Highway at South Grafton. George Holmes
FINAL flood warnings have been issued for the Nambucca, Orara, Hastings and Manning rivers as floodwater in New South Wales subsides.

Floodwater is receding across the Northern Rivers and mid-north Coast of New South Wales.

SES volunteers in the area will continue resupply tasks over the coming days as many communities and rural properties remain isolated.

Evacuation orders remain in place for Smithtown, Jerseyville, Gladstone and Kinchela. Meanwhile residents and business owners of Kempsey were given the all clear to return home last night.

People are advised not to return home unless emergency services or appropriate agencies advises that it is safe to do so.

The SES warns that if people are advised it is safe to return home, there are a number of important actions they can take to keep yourself safe.

  • Pay particular attention to personal hygiene as floodwater may be contaminated with sewage and has the potential to cause infections and spread disease.
  • Floodwater also has the potential to cause damage to your home and appliances. A qualified electrician should inspect electrical equipment, hot water systems and wiring that have been exposed to floodwater.
  • Never drive, ride, walk or allow your children to play in floodwater. It is the leading cause of death in floods.
  • Floodwater can be very powerful, run fast and deep and contain hidden debris.

The SES has advised that all non-essential travel in the Northern Rivers and mid-north Coast regions should be avoided.

Flood Warnings remain current for:

Clarence River (Moderate to Major)
Richmond and Wilsons Rivers (Minor to Moderate)
Bellinger River (Minor)
Macleay River (Minor)

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