Residents in Coffs Harbour evacuated to higher ground

Residents in low-lying areas along Coffs Creek in Coffs Harbour have been forced to evacuate to higher ground.

More than 300mm of rain has fallen in and around Coffs Harbour since 9am on Saturday.

A Flood Evacuation Order was issued for residents in low-lying properties along Coffs Creek on the western edge of the Coffs Harbour CBD on Saturday night after the Bureau of Meteorology forecast flood levels at the Gundagai Street gauge to exceed four metres.


The order covers the area between Pacific Highway and Robin Street, including Gundagai Place, Gundagai Street, Frances Street, Long Street, Jean Street, Korff Street, Eugorie Close, Moonee Street, Scarba Street, Loaders Lane, Goodenough Terrace, Arygll Street and Bray Street.

The State Emergency Services warns residents in the warning area to evacuate immediately.

“Roads may be congested or closed (and) you could become trapped and need rescuing,” the SES said. “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 accommodation and assistance Evacuation Centres are located at the Orara High School on Bray Street.

The following roads should be used as evacuation routes;

  • Goodenough Terrace, Loaders Lane, Brindley Court, McCann Court, Shepherds Lane – Shepherds Lane and Don Patterson Drive – to Mackays Road – to the Orara High School.
  • Bray Street – to the Orara High School.

An Evacuation Order is issued after an Evacuation Warning.

Conditions are set to worsen along the entire NSW coastline as the East Coast Low responsible surges south.

For emergency help call the SES on 132 500.