Casino floods: People evacuated from low lying streets by boat

ABOVE: Richmond Police District rescue truck. Photo: Contributed
Susanna Freymark

NSW SES has directed people living in low lying areas of Casino to evacuate the high danger area.

Floodwater levels have passed 15.3 metres on the Casino gauge at Casino and roads have been closed.

The previous flood record for Richmond River was in 1943 when the river rose to 13.87 metres,

Tonight, it is at 16.2 metres.

The areas affected are:

Low-lying parts of Casino including Wharf Street and bound by Oak Lane, East St and Johnston St.

Low-lying parts of Casino including Lennox St, West St, Stapleton Avenue and all other low-lying properties adjacent to the river.

Some residents have had to be transported by boat to the evacuation centre at Casino High School.

The Casino CBD is flooded.

Casino SES posted this message to residents.

“Casino, this is something no one would ever imagine happening in our town.

“Our volunteer members are doing all we can. Currently evacuating as many as we can to safety.

“Everyone needs to look out for each other and do your best to get to high ground.

“We are members of this community and we are feeling the anguish and uncertainty as much as you.

“Praying for everyone’s safety.”

Hotham St in Casino. Photo: Josh Powell Fussell
PHOTOS: Casino floods, donations come into evacuation centre

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