Evacuation order issued for Stuarts Point after septic systems leaked in the wake of NSW floods


Evacuation order is issued for 45 flood-hit homes amid fears faecal matter is seeping into yards and streets on the flood-hit NSW Mid North Coast

  • Evacuation order has been issued for residents on the NSW Mid North Coast 
  • Onsite septic systems have discharged into yards and streets at Stuarts Point 
  • NSW Heath confirmed there is a risk of faecal matter and bacteria 

An evacuation order has been issued for residents on the New South Wales Mid North Coast amid fears faecal matter is seeping into the streets.

The Local Emergency Operations Controller (LEOCON) issued the order at about 9.30pm on Friday due to the public health risk. 

The onsite septic systems have discharged into yards and streets at Stuarts Point, about 45km north of Kempsey, amid floodwaters.

An evacuation order has been issued for residents on the New South Wales mid-north coast amid fears faecal matter is seeping into the streets. Pictured: Emergency crews begin the clean-up after the NSW floods

An evacuation order has been issued for residents on the New South Wales mid-north coast amid fears faecal matter is seeping into the streets. Pictured: Emergency crews begin the clean-up after the NSW floods 

The evacuation order impacts at least 45 homes. 

‘NSW Heath has confirmed there is a risk of faecal matter and bacteria in the discharge, resulting in a public health risk to people who may come into contact with the water,’ a police statement read. 

‘As a result of the identified public health risk, the LEOCON managing the Kempsey flood situation has declared a danger 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 assisting locals, who will be evacuated to a nearby youth camp at Yarrahapinni.

The onsite septic systems have discharged into yards and streets at Stuarts Point, about 45km north of Kempsey, following the recent weather event. Pictured: Flooding in Kempsey

The onsite septic systems have discharged into yards and streets at Stuarts Point, about 45km north of Kempsey, following the recent weather event. Pictured: Flooding in Kempsey

‘Emergency services will be doorknocking in the area and residents will be assessed by NSW Health staff for signs or symptoms of illness at the evacuation centre prior to admission,’ the statement read. 

Residents who organise private accommodation are still required to be assessed at the evacuation centre. 

Vehicles in the affected water will be detained.

Residents have been warned the evacuation order may last between seven and ten days but the situation will be assessed daily. 

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