Flood information

If you live in a flood-prone area, it is important to learn how to prepare and protect your family, pets and property.

Visit the news & updates section for current road, bridge and flood information.

See Mid North Coast rainfall and river conditions on the Bureau of Meteorology’s website.

View the Macleay MHL Flood and Coastal Intelligence Tool for real-time monitoring of rainfall and water levels in the Macleay catchment.

What to do before, during and after a flood

The State Emergency Service (SES) provides specific advice on what to do before, during and after a flood, severe storm or tsunami. This includes preparing a Home Emergency Plan so that you understand the risks and know what action to take if there is a flood event. 

For emergency help during a flood, storm or tsunami, call the SES on 132 500.

Flood warnings and terminology

It may be helpful to familiarise yourself with the language of flood warnings. The Bureau of Meteorology’s website explains common flood terminology in detail. 

A Flood Watch is issued when flood-producing rain is expected to fall in the near future.

A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is occurring or is expected to occur in a particular location or area.

A Severe Weather Warning is issued when sudden or flash flooding is expected.

Flood cameras

Kempsey Traffic Bridge flood camera

Macleay River at Kempsey Traffic Bridge

Manly Hydraulics Lab maintains a flood monitoring camera on the Macleay River at Kempsey as part of the Kempsey flood warning system.

Camera images are updated every hour in normal conditions.

Sherwood Bridge flood camera

The Sherwood Bridge flood monitoring camera displays the bridge deck so residents can see if the bridge is affected by flooding of the Macleay River.

Sherwood Bridge

Camera images are updated approximately every 30 minutes. View High resolution floodcam image (jpg - 333 KB)

Time and date

Images are time and date stamped so you can tell when they were taken.

Please note the time stamp on the Sherwood Bridge camera is stamped with Australian Eastern Standard Time, NOT Australian Eastern Daylight Time.

During flood events, the last daylight image will stay on the webpage until the first image is captured on the following day.

Bridge closures

When water is over the bridge deck, the road is closed and any road closed signs should be obeyed. After the flood, the road will not be re-opened until the bridge is inspected and debris has been cleared by Council staff.

For the latest information on the status of roads, visit Live Traffic NSW


The images on this page come from automated systems. There is no validation of this information. It is your responsibility to make your own decision about the currency, accuracy and completeness of the information and images on this web page. Kempsey Shire Council accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage incurred as a result of this information or its use in any way.