Lismore to have flood wash-up
MERV KING is keen to separate the truth from the rumours following Lismore's recent flood.
In doing so, the Lismore mayor has called a public meeting as a debriefing session for the city's residents on the flood, Lismore's new levee and about emergency planning.
Cr King said the meeting, to be held on Wednesday, July 27, in the Lismore Italo Club, North Lismore, from 6pm, will include representatives from regional emergency services, Bureau of Meteorology, police, Richmond River County Council and the Lismore City Council.
"I'm hoping the meeting will be a good opportunity for the people of Lismore to get information about the recent flood and for emergency services to explain their roles," Cr King said.
Cr King said the meeting would give owners of flood-affected properties a chance to put their views on how flood information and heights predictions should be passed on to the public.
"Emergency organisations do a wonderful job, and they continually benefit from ideas from the public on how flood preparations and clean-up may be improved," he said.
"The recent flood has been the first with the new levee, and feedback from Lismore residents will be of great benefit to emergency staff and volunteers who plan disaster responses."
Cr King said the Lismore City Council was also releasing this week a report documenting some of the issues that arose during, and following, the flood.
He said the report included, for example, reasons why one of the Browns Creek pumps was not working and reasons for 'a couple of smaller leaks near Bridge Street and Woodlark Street, which were only minor'.
"We want to tell people these things will be fixed," he said.