SES warns Mid North Coast to prepare for heavy rain and flooding

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The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is warning residents on the Mid North Coast to prepare for a weekend of heavy rain and possible riverine flooding.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued an updated Flood Watch for the Macleay, Hastings and Manning rivers with another severe weather system expected to impact the region from Friday afternoon.

Over the course of Wednesday night, heavy rainfall in the Macleay, Hastings and Manning areas led to 122 calls for assistance to the NSW SES from residents seeking help in dealing with leaking roofs and flash flooding.

The updated Flood Watch includes the possibility of minor to moderate flooding on the Macleay, moderate flooding in the Hastings and minor to moderate flooding on the Manning River.

If the moderate flood levels are reached then there is potential for residents who live along side these river systems to be impacted by road closures and the possible inundation of low lying properties and rural areas.

Town Beach storm erosion. Photo: Port Macquarie Lifeguards

Town Beach storm erosion. Photo: Port Macquarie Lifeguards

NSW SES Mid North Coast Region is urging residents to use the break in the weather on Friday, March 17 to make preparations for the severe weather predicted over the weekend.

NSW SES Mid North Coast Region Controller, Tony Day said volunteers have done a great job over the last 48 hours in responding to requests for assistance.

“We have sought additional flood rescue resources and storm and water damage teams from out of the area to be deployed into the region in preparation for the weekend,” Mr Day said.

“We are asking the community to also take the opportunity tomorrow to make preparations for the expected heavy rainfall, flash and riverine flooding that is likely eventuate over the weekend.

“Again we are asking the community to not drive through flood water, to keep children away from flooded drains and creeks and prepare your properties now.”

Information on how residents can prepare for severe weather can be obtained by visiting the NSW SES website www.ses.nsw.gov.au.