FLOOD FINDINGS: An aerial photograph of Lismore taken during the recent flooding. The Lismore City Council has just completed a
FLOOD FINDINGS: An aerial photograph of Lismore taken during the recent flooding. The Lismore City Council has just completed a

Flood mop-up finds faults

By NERIDA BLOK

LISMORE mayor Merv King is happy with how his city responded to the recent flood.

However, he said improvements could still be made.

Cr King said Lismore City Council had conducted an internal review of its recent flood management, driven by community concerns ? specifically North Lismore residents.

Results from the review uncovered a number of priorities for council to address.

One was the need to expand Lismore's call centre, which dealt with 8000 calls during the recent flood.

"The call centre worked well, but we want to make it better with more staff and more lines," he said.

"We want to take the pressure off the SES."

Other areas identified included the need to audit levee components and a review of North Lismore flood height information.

"The obvious problems were with the pump and leaks," Cr King said.

He said these problems were being addressed by Richmond River County Council.

The concerns of North Lismore residents over flood height information have prompted a further review to have flood predictions matched with actual levels observed during the recent flood.

"Some people were of the view that the information they received from council could be wrong," he said.

"But we're prepared to look at it and see if a mistake was made."

Cr King said it was the first time council had undertaken such a review. "We wanted people to know that some of their concerns were being looked at," he said.

A public meeting has been also called for July 27 at 6pm at the Italo Club in North Lismore to further discuss the recent flood.



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