FLOOD EVACUATION ORDER Low lying properties in Port Macquarie
Issued at: 19/03/2021 04:00 PM

Evacuation Order

Low lying properties in Port Macquarie:
Evacuate by 8:00pm tonight
NSW SES is directing people within low lying properties in Port Macquarie to evacuate the high danger area.
Once floodwater passes 1.75 on the Settlement Point gauge at Port Macquarie a significant number of properties will be inundated.
The areas affected are:
- Hastings River Drive and Settlement Point Road
- North Shore - Shoreline Drive, Wombat Close, Dolphin Court and Marlin Place
- Maria River Road - may become unsafe to travel on due to inundation
- Short Street and western end of Clarence Street (CBD)
- Westport foreshore area
- The Aquatic and Marina Caravan Parks
- Elfords Road, the Hatch
- Settlement Point and Hibbard Ferries due to high velocity river flows, flood debris and inundation of set down areas.

Why we are directing people to evacuate
Once flood water begins inundating the area road access water, sewerage, power, phones and internet may be lost. If you remain in the area you will be trapped and it may be too dangerous for SES to rescue you.

Where to go if Evacuation is required:
Wherever possible, people should go and stay with family or friends, or make other accommodation arrangements. If you are unable to, an evacuation centre has been set up at the following location:
Port Panthers
1 Bay Street, Port Macquarie

What we are expecting:
Once floodwater begins inundating the area, road access may be cut. If you remain in the area after this time, you may become trapped and it may be too dangerous for NSW SES to rescue you.
What you need to do:
Low lying properties
- Lift possessions and important items above the predicted flood height
- Take pets, essential items, warm clothes, medicines, insurance documents and valuables with you.
- Leave as early as possible to avoid restricted roads.
- Share this information with family, friends and neighbours and help others where possible.  

For more information on:
- For the latest information listen to your local ABC radio station
- Follow us on Facebook at /NSWSES or our website at www.ses.nsw.gov.au
- Latest Weather, Warnings, Rainfall and River heights: www.bom.gov.au/nsw/
- Road Closures: www.livetraffic.com.au or http://www.myroadinfo.com.au

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500. In life threatening situations call triple zero (000) immediately.  

Before evacuating, you should prepare yourself and your property for flooding

  • Raise belongings by placing them on tables, beds and benches.
  • Put electrical items on top. You may be able to place some light-weight items in the roof space.
  • Collect together essential medicines, important documents, mementos and photos to take these with you.
  • Make arrangements for care of pets or other animals or take pets with you to an evacuation centre.
  • Turn off the electricity and gas.
  • Take three days’ supply of clothes with you.
  • Continue to listen to a local radio station for updates
  • Don’t walk or drive through floodwaters – this is the main cause of death and injury during flooding

Critical Information to remember

  • Never drive, ride or walk through floodwater.
  • Stack possessions, records, stock or equipment on benches and tables, placing electrical items on top.
  • Secure objects that are likely to float and cause damage.
  • Relocate waste containers, chemicals and poisons well above floor level.
  • Activate your Home or Business FloodSafe Plan.
  • Keep listening to your local radio station for information, updates and advice.
  • Keep in contact with your neighbours.
  • Be prepared to evacuate if advised by emergency services.
  • Act early as roads may become congested or close.

Who to call?

132 500 For emergency help in flood, storm and tsunami

000 For life threatening emergencies call

Click here for further information on when to call NSW SES

Put together an Emergency Kit

Locate your Emergency Kit and add any medications, important papers, special items for babies and the elderly, clothing, food and water.

Your emergency kit should contain all the essential items you will need if you need to evacuate or become isolated. These items may include medications, important documents and family photos.

Click here to learn more about preparing an Emergency Kit with essential itemsEmergency kit image

Never enter floodwater

The major cause of death during floods is by people entering floodwater. This includes driving, riding and walking through floodwater and children playing in floodwater.

Our volunteers advise people to NEVER enter floodwater.

Floodwater may be deeper and faster flowing than it appears and often contains hidden snags and debris.

Click here to learn how to be safe during floods

Electrical advice during a flood

  • Firstly, turn off power at the main switch in your switchboard.
  • Don’t operate electrical appliances or switches while standing in water or when you have bare feet. Footwear can actually save lives.
  • Don't connect portable generators to the electrical wiring of your house or office unless a licensed electrician has installed a changeover switch. Appliances can be plugged directly into the generator, but make sure you always read the manufacturer's instructions very carefully before doing so.
  • Always follow instructions and directions from local authorities and be ready to evacuate if necessary. It’s a good idea to follow your local authorities on social media so you can stay up to date with what’s happening during a flood.
  • Moving around your area in a boat comes with a few risks – particularly reduced power line height clearances. Floodwaters will lift you closer to powerlines, so stay alert for any dangerous nearby objects.
  • For more electrical advice in flood and storm emergencies visit Origin Energy

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