Mayor to check levee success
By ZOE SATHERLEY
LISMORE mayor Merv King plans to call a public meeting to discuss how the levee worked in the Lismore flood.
"We need to look at where it was successful and where we can improve things," he said yesterday.
"I will be calling for a joint forum between Richmond River County Council, who own and operate the levee, the SES, and the council as well as all other stakeholders once the dust has settled."
While the levee itself worked well, pumps at the Brown Street pumping station and Hollingworth Creek failed, said RRCC general manager Paul Muldoon.
"This did not help to alleviate the natural flooding that always occurs in the low-lying areas of the CBD quite independently of the levee," he said.
But former Lismore councillor John Crowther said there were 'no acceptable excuses' for the pumps failing.
"Businesses like Jontom and Riordan's car yards, the Ampol and Caltex petrol stations, and the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park have suffered huge financial losses from flooding caused by the pump failures," he said.
"Council should have had a strict program of maintenance for those pumps, some of which are decades old and have needed replacing for many years," he said.