Residents in North Lismore told to leave now as Wilsons River rises

Residents in North Lismore have been ordered to evacuate to higher ground as the Wilsons River continues to rise.

Here’s the State Emergency Service’s Flood Evacuation Order from 11.15am:

As a result of the flood level predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology for Wilsons River at 3:00pm Sunday 05 June 2016 the NSW State Emergency Service is directing residents within the area bounded by Slaters Creek near Bridge Street, McKenzie park Lake Street and Tweed Street intersection, just west of the railway line, to evacuate at 12:00pm


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Do not delay your evacuation. Roads will be congested or closed. You could become trapped and need rescue. Remaining in flooded areas is dangerous and may place your life at risk.

Wherever possible, people should go and stay with family or friends, or make other accommodation arrangements. For people who need assistance an evacuation centre has been set up by Family and Community Services at Southern Cross University Bar, Military Road, Lismore.

As you evacuate you should;

  • Take your important documents, mementos and photos.
  • Take your spare clothing, medicines and personal hygiene supplies.
  • If you are going to the evacuation centre, take blankets/sleeping bags, pillows and sleeping mats.
  • If possible, check to see if your neighbours need help.
  • Turn off the electricity and gas.
  • Never drive ride or walk through floodwater.
  • Continue to listen to a local radio station for updates.
  • For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500

NSW SES website: www.ses.nsw.gov.au