The Public Information and Inquiry Centre activated in support of the State Emergency Service following severe weather and flooding on the Far North Coast has taken more than 900 calls since opening yesterday.

Deputy Commissioner David Owens, State Emergency Operations Controller, said the centre staffed by emergency service workers and volunteers can provide information to those in affected communities.

“We have received more than 900 calls since the centre was bought on line yesterday from people in the many communities affected who have been seeking information,” he said.

“It is expected that there will be evacuations throughout the day and many smaller communities further south will remain on high alert over the next few days.

“The PIIC is able to provide vital information regarding evacuations to those most in need during these testing times.

“As well as general inquiries regarding displaced families, road closures and welfare assistance, we can field all other general enquiries.”

The Public Information and Inquiry Centre can be contacted by telephone on 1800 227 228.

This inquiry hotline does not replace the State Emergency Service emergency hotline. Members of the public seeking emergency assistance during a flood or storm should call the State Emergency Service on 132 500.

Additional information can be obtained by visiting the State Emergency Service website at www.ses.nsw.gov.au or Emergency NSW at www.emergency.nsw.gov.au.