An evacuation order is issued for 45 flood-affected homes amid fears of feces seeping into yards and streets on the flood-stricken NSW Mid North Coast
- An evacuation order has been issued for residents of the NSW Mid North Coast
- On site, septic systems have been discharged on wharfs and streets at Stuarts Point
- NSW Heath confirmed that there is a risk of feces and bacteria
An evacuation order has been issued for residents of the New South Wales Mid North Coast amid fears of feces seeping into the streets.
The Local Emergency Operations Controller (LEOCON) issued the order at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Friday due to the risk to public health.
On-site septic systems have been discharged to wharfs and streets at Stuarts Point, about 28 miles north of Kempsey, amid flooding.
An evacuation order has been issued for residents of the mid-north coast of New South Wales amid fears of faeces seeping into the streets. Pictured: Emergency crews begin cleaning up after the NSW floods
The evacuation order has consequences for at least 45 homes.
“NSW Heath has confirmed that there is a risk of feces and bacteria in the discharge, resulting in a public health risk for people who may come into contact with the water,” said a police statement.
“As a result of the identified risk to public health, the LEOCON managing the Kempsey flood situation has declared a hazardous area and issued an evacuation order under section 60L of the State Emergency and Rescue Management Act.”
Ocean, First, Second, Third, Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth Avenues were declared in the zone on Friday night.
NSW police said authorities are helping local people, who will be evacuated to a nearby youth camp in Yarrahapinni.
The on-site septic systems have been discharged to wharfs and streets at Stuarts Point, about 28 miles north of Kempsey, due to recent weather conditions. Pictured: flooding in Kempsey
“Emergency services will knock on the door in the area and residents will be assessed by NSW Health employees for signs or symptoms of illness in the evacuation center prior to admission,” the statement said.
Residents organizing private housing must still be assessed at the evacuation center.
Vehicles in the affected water are detained.
Residents have been warned that the evacuation order could take anywhere from seven to 10 days, but the situation will be assessed daily.