Please monitor the weather and act appropriately this weekend
Published on 21 October 2022
NSW SES is warning of the potential for flash flooding and bridge closures over the coming weekend.
An East Coast Low is forming in the north of the state off the Northern Rivers and is expected to impact between now and Sunday
As a result, with the saturated catchments and run off from the tablelands west of the Kempsey LGA, we are likely to see an increased risk of flash flooding and possible riverine flooding occurring west of Kempsey and Macksville.
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a possible 24 hour rain period of up to 50mm and severe storms with possible short burst higher rainfall totals.
This may affect low lying bridges west of Kempsey and Macksville causing isolation of farms and rural communities.
Kempsey Shire Council has been monitoring the weather forecast and is alert to the potential for flash and riverine flooding.
Additionally, we have been monitoring rainfall occurring across the ranges, around Walcha and Armidale, which raises concerns from a riverine flood perspective.
Council has moved to establish communications and road response availability over the weekend.
We advise residents to monitor the weather situation closely and act appropriately.
We are also closely monitoring conditions at Stuarts Point, where pumps remain in place on site and remain operationally ready.
The river levels will continue to be monitored and we will advise if any action is planned or taken at our flood structures.
The East Coast Low is expected to move off the coast Tuesday 25 October and Wednesday 26 October.
What should you do?
Residents and visitors are urged to remain cautious on the roads for localised impacts and not attempt to drive through floodwaters or cross flooded bridges.
Council welcomes advice from residents in outlying areas regarding any concerns which may be reported to Council on 6566 3200.
For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500. In life-threatening situations call triple zero (000)