Flood watch on the Mid North Coast | rolling updates

THURSDAY 6PM: Authorities are urging residents to use the break in the rain to prepare for severe weather over the weekend.

The severe weather system is expected to impact the region from Friday afternoon.

Over night on Wednesday, 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.

“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,” NSW SES Mid North Coast Region Controller Tony Day explained.

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

For more information visit the NSW SES website ses.nsw.gov.au, or Flood Safe floodsafe.com.au.

"We have sought additional flood rescue resources and storm and water damage teams from out of the area in preparation for the weekend.”

NSW SES Mid North Coast Region Controller, Tony Day

The Bureau of Meteorology weather forecasts and flood predictions including river height information are available at bom.gov.au.

THURSDAY 2PM: Rainfall is easing on the Mid North Coast but another trough is developing bringing potentially significant falls to the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast.

NSW SES Mid North Coast warns the rainfall has the potential to cause minor to moderate flooding in the Macleay and Manning Valleys and moderate flooding for the Hastings.  

This second trough is likely to develop from late Friday onwards.

The heavy rain in combination with the powerful swell of the past few days has caused erosion on many of our beaches.  Sections of Town Beach, Port Macquarie are closed to public access.

In the Bellingen region the SES has called on residents to be better prepared for heavy rain events to ensure that volunteers are free to respond to emergencies.

Some Manning Valley residents will have to wait to have their rubbish collected with the regular service impacted by flood waters

THURSDAY 10AM: There have been cars under water and river levels are on the rise with the wet weather forecast to continue into the weekend. 


A number of river systems are on flood watch including a minor warning for the Hastings River at Kindee, 36 kilometres west of Wauchope. The river height at the Kindee gauge was 2.02m and rising at 12am.

There is also a  minor flood warning for the Orara River.

Some towns like Sawtell have seen some torrential falls with the Bureau of Meteorology recording  230 millimetres for the 24 hours to 9am Thursday. 

More rainfall figures for 24 hours to 9am Thursday:

  • Nambucca River at Stuarts Island: 108mm
  • Bellinger River at Gleniffer: 143mm
  • Kempsey Airport: 134mm
  • Hastings River at Port Macquarie Airport: 166mm
  • Camden Haven River at Laurieton: 127mm
  • Manning River, Taree Airport: 119mm

The wet weather is being generated by a low pressure system over the northern inland of NSW. Very unstable conditions to the east of the low mean widespread thunderstorms with heavy localised falls are expected to develop through until Friday.

More to come