Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

What's the Damage? Council's Flood Clean-Up Bill Won't Be as Bad as in 2009

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

What's the Damage? Council's Flood Clean-Up Bill Won't Be as Bad as in 2009

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Byline: RODNEY STEVENS rodney.stevens@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE estimated $5 million damage bill to repair Clarence Valley roads and bridges from the recent flood is significantly less than in 2009, due to most of the flooding rain falling in the upper reaches of the Clarence River catchment.

The damage bill from the 2009 flood, when a low pressure system dumped hundreds of millimetres closer to the coast, was about $8 million.

Clarence Valley Council deputy general manager Des Schroder said a lot more damage was expected up-river than down river from this flood.

However, he said the $5 million damage bill could increase.

aIt was an up-river flood ... most of the rain fell in the upper reaches of the catchment, with Tabulam experiencing significant falls,a he said.

According to the a[approximately]my road info' website, 11 roads remained closed yesterday across the Clarence Valley.

A 60-tonne section of a bridge on the Lionsville Road at Baryulgil washed away during the flood was the only damaged bridge in the Valley.

Mr Schroder said council expected work to replace the bridge would be completed by February 19, weather permitting.

aWe have got a footbridge across the river now there,a he said.

aA lot of approaches to bridges have been washed away though.a

While the Lionsville bridge was the only bridge damaged in the flood, Mr Schroder said council staff still had a lot of clean-up work to do.

aMost of the other bridges have got flood debris built up on or underneath them and council staff are out clearing that away,a he said.

Mr Schroder said council would not have to foot the bill for most of the repairs.

aMost of the road damage cost and the cost of repairing the Bacon Street sinkhole will be picked up by government,a he said.

He said the massive Bacon Street sinkholes in Grafton would cost at least $250,000 to repair. …

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