Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Wall Designer Warns of a Flaw; Trevor Jones Claims Low Point at Fry St Could Change Integrity of Flood Levee

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Wall Designer Warns of a Flaw; Trevor Jones Claims Low Point at Fry St Could Change Integrity of Flood Levee

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Byline: LACHLAN THOMPSON dailyexaminer.com.au

THE ORIGINAL designer of the Grafton levee said Clarence Valley Council ignored a letter warning of a flaw around Fry St.

Trevor Jones, who still lives in Grafton, wrote to the council about five years ago after he and the surveyor on the levee project, Ori Pastega, noticed the levee was lower in the area of Fry St than the rest of Grafton.

Mr Jones said the level at Fry St dropped about 8cm and was too low.

He said the levee was designed to breach at the same time at all points around Grafton to avoid flash flooding.

aIf it all breaches at the same time the water will come through in a trickle,a Mr Jones said.

aHowever, if it breaches in just one spot it will rush through the hole quickly.a

Mr Jones also said the levee in South Grafton was at 8. …

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