KYOGLE’S NEW 600 METRE FLOOD LEVEE WILL HELP PROTECT 65 HOMES
Kyogle’s newly completed 600 metre flood levee system will help protect about 65 homes and about 12 commercial and industrial properties from a one in 10 year flood, Member for Lismore Thomas George announced today.
The NSW Government provided $1.4 million in grant funds to the $1.8 million flood levee and breakout channel project at Fawcetts Creek under its 2014-15 Floodplain Management Program.
“This levee means the Flats’ community is more resilient and better protected against potential flooding,” Mr George said.
“The new partial ring levee will protect properties during a one in 10 year flood and potentially save lives.
“Flood modelling has shown that the new levee will provide an extra three hours of flood warning for evacuation when levee overtopping is predicted to occur.”
The levee runs along McDougall Street from Ettrick Street to Larkin Street. It then turns south and meets up with the bridge abutment at Geneva Road next to the bowling club.
A flood breakout channel was also constructed at the end of McDougall Street. This will give Fawcetts Creek an outlet for floodwaters to enter into the Richmond River.
Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the Floodplain Management Program was another way the Government was supporting councils and communities to prepare for extreme weather events well in advance of them occurring.
“Floods and natural disasters are an inevitable reality in Australia and it is important we support councils to protect their communities,” Mr Speakman said.