clarenceThe SES advises residents and business owners to activate their flood plans and evacuate from Grafton, South Grafton, Bushgrove and Ulmarra.
 
Grafton and South Grafton: The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted a flood level of 7.8 metres to be reached at Grafton (Prince Street) gauge around midnight tonight with Major Flooding. This is not a peak prediction. At this height the water is below the levee but the following areas will be inundated: the town of Grafton and low-lying areas of South Grafton, except for Bent Street Hill and the high ground to Armidale Road.

If you have a car:

Self-evacuation is recommended, with the suggested destination the Recovery Centre at 25 Gordon St, Coffs Harbour where the evacuation centre will be co-ordinated.

The recommended evacuation route is south along the Pacific Highway to Coffs Harbour.
 
check with neighbours, friends and family to ensure that they are able to make their way to the assembly point.

If you don’t have a car:

Try to co-ordinate your own transport with neighbours, friends and family.

Alternatively, proceed to either the Grafton Community Hall in Duke St, Grafton High School Hall in Mary St or the South Grafton Railway Station where buses will be provided.
 
If you are physically unable to make your way to the pick up point, please contact the SES on 132 500 who will arrange for assistance to get you to the pick up point.
Ulmarra

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted a flood level of 6.1 metres to be reached at the Ulmarra Gauge by 1am tomorrow (23/05/09) with Major Flooding. At this height the levee will overtop around midnight and Ulmarra will be inundated. Evacuation routes will be cut before the levee overtops.

If you have a car:

Drive to the evacuation centre at Richmond Room, River St, Ballina behind the Council Library. The recommended route is north along the Pacific Highway. DO NOT GO TO GRAFTON.

check with neighbours, friends and family to ensure that they are able to make their way to the evacuation centre.

If you do not have a car:

Try to co-ordinate your own transport with neighbours, friends and family. 

Alternatively, make your way to the pick up point at the Masonic Hall, Ulmarra where transport will be provided.

If you are physically unable to make your way to the pick up point, please contact the SES on 132 500 who will arrange for assistance to get you to the pick up point.
Brushgrove: 

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted a flood level of 4.0 metres to be reached at Brushgrove Gauge tonight with Major Flooding. This means that the levee will overtop at around midnight and Brushgrove will be inundated. Evacuation routes will be cut before the levee overtops.

If you have a car:

Drive to the evacuation centre at Richmond Room, River St, Ballina behind the Council Library. The recommended route is north along the Pacific Highway. DO NOT GO TO GRAFTON.

Check with neighbours, friends and family to ensure that they are able to make their way to the evacuation centre.
If you do not have a car:

Try to co-ordinate your own transport with neighbours, friends and family.  

Alternatively, make your way to the pick up point at the Masonic Hall, Ulmarra where transport will be provided.
 
If you are physically unable to make your way to the pick up point, please contact the SES on 132 500 who will arrange for assistance to get you to the pick up point.

To prepare for evacuation you should:

Raise belongings by placing them on tables, beds and benches. Put electrical items on top. Some items may be able to be placed in ceilings
 
Gather medicine, personal and financial documents and mementoes together to take with you

listen to the radio station 2GF and ABC 94.5 for further information and advice
If possible, check to see if your neighbours need assistance

Turn off electricity, gas and water

Take three days’ supply of clothes with you

Take pets and companion animals with you – make sure that they are appropriately restrained

The Police will provide security for your property while you are away.

For emergency assistance in floods and storms call the SES on 132 500. For life threatening emergencies call 000.