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Evacuation Warnings and Orders as of 10am Saturday 23 February 2013

23 February 2013, 10:15AM AET

Flood Evacuation Order Lower Maclay

Reissue - including Jerseyville

Evacuation Order for residents of Lower Macleay - Belmore River, Smithtown, Gladstone, Kinchela & Jerseyville

Residents of the following areas should listen carefully to this warning bulletin:

  • Belmore River, Smithtown, Gladstone, Kinchella and Jerseyville

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted the Macleay River will exceed 6.4 metres at the Kempsey gauge at noon today (Saturday), with further rises possible.The NSW State Emergency Service instructs residents and businesses within these areas to evacuate immediately.

  • This means that Smithtown, Kinchella and parts of Gladstone are highly likely to be inundated by flood water.

If you delay your evacuation, roads may be congested or closed and you could become trapped and need to be rescued. Remaining in flooded properties is dangerous. These towns can remain isolated for up to a week without essential services such as waterelectricity and sewerage. At this stage South West Rocks Road is the best route to access the Evacuation Centres. When you evacuate you may go to the house of a friend or relative. Alternatively, if you go to an evacuation centre, accommodation and other assistance can be arranged for you. Evacuation Assembly Points have been established at:

  • Anglican Hall – South West Rocks
  • Kempsey High School Cnr Broughton and Sea Street West Kempsey

If you don’t have a car, buses may operate where possible on normal routes. Special transport can also be provided on request if necessary, telephone 132500. The SES recommends the following further actions:

  • Raise belongings by placing them on tables, beds and benches, with electrical items placed on top.
  • You may be able to place some light-weight items in the roof space.

Flood Evacuation Order 1 Reissue - including Jerseyville

Issued: Saturday 23rd February 2013 8:45am

  • Collect together, home emergency kits, essential medicines, important documents, mementos and photos to take with you.
  • If possible, check to see whether your neighbours need help.
  • Make arrangements for care of pets or other animals or take pets with you to an evacuation centre along with their food.
  • Turn off the electricity and gas
  • Take three days’ supply of clothes with you
  • Do not drive or walk through floodwater
  • Continue to listen to a local radio station for updates

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500. In a life-threatening emergency call 000 (triple zero)

  • Road information, Contact your Local Council 1300 663 211 or the RTA 132 701
  • Rural Animal & Livestock Assistance call 1800 814 647
  • You can find more information on the River condition from the Bureau of Meteorology website at www.bom.gov.au
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