Coraki caravan park residents must evacuate by 7pm today

ABOVE: The flooded Richmond River a month ago. Photo: Susanna Freymark

Susanna Freymark

People at the Riverside Caravan Park at Coraki must evacuate by 7pm today.

NSW SES is directing people within the low-lying areas next to the Richmond River to evacuate to higher ground.

Once floodwater passes 3.8 metres on the Coraki gauge, water reaches the crossroads inside the caravan park.

SES is predicting water levels to rise to a moderate flood level of 5 metres overnight with a possible major flood level of 5.7 metres during the morning of Wednesday, March 30.

At the 5 metre level, SES expect floodwater will completely inundate the Riverside Caravan Park. Once floodwaters reach the 6 metre level, the river begins to break out the Coraki boat ramp and flow across Richmond Terrace. 

If you remain in the area after this time, you may become trapped and it may be too dangerous for NSW SES to rescue you.

What you need to do:

•  Lift possessions and important items above the predicted flood height

•     Take pets, essential items, warm clothes, medicines, insurance documents and valuables with you.

•     Leave as early as possible to avoid restricted roads.

•    Share this information with family, friends and neighbours and help others where possible.

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500. In life threatening situations call triple zero.

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