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.

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 or severe storm. This includes preparing a Home Emergency Plan so that you understand the risks and know what action to take if there's 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.

River gauges

Council has carried out repairs or replacements on a number of River Level Gauges on the Macleay River upriver of Kempsey.

The most recent readings of river gauges in the upriver area can be read via the Bureau of Meteorology website for the following locations in the Macleay River catchment:

  • Georges Creek
  • Bellbrook
  • Toorooka
  • Moparrabah
  • Turners Flat
  • Wittitrin
  • Aldavilla
  • Sherwood Bridge

River gauges can be damaged during periods of high flow, requiring repair and potentially leading to inaccurate readings. Where possible gauges are temporarily removed from publication when guages are damaged.

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.

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


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