Flood evacuation warning for Clarence River at Tabulam and Bonalbo

ABOVE: This photo of the Clarence River at Tabulam taken on February 28. Photo: Susanna Freymark

The NSW State Emergency Service has advised residents of possible flooding for the Clarence River at Tabulam and Bonalbo.

Residents and visitors in these areas should take action now to prepare for possible flood impacts.

NSW SES is advising residents in low lying areas of Tabulam and Bonalbo that they may need to evacuate due to rising flood water.

Low lying properties may experience impacts due to flash flooding and riverine flooding. 

Storm and flood impacts may interrupt essential services such as electricity, phones, internet, water and sewerage. 

People in these areas need to closely monitor weather and road closures and make informed decisions early based on individual circumstances.   

A Flood Evacuation Order will be issued by the SES if and when evacuations are required.

Wherever possible, people should go and stay with family or friends, or make other accommodation arrangements. If you are unable to that, an evacuation centre has been set up at the Mallanganee Memorial Hall, Bonalbo Street, Mallanganee

If you are currently in self-isolation because of covid, contact the Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 before leaving your home, where possible.

What the SES are expecting:

Once floodwater begins inundating the area, road access may be cut. 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:

Simple things you can do now: 

• 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

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