North Lismore ?worse off? with new levee
By RACHEL SCOLLAY
THERE was a party atmosphere at the Northern Rivers pub on flood night, with drinks served until midnight to around 50 patrons almost knee-deep in water.
Meanwhile, a small crowd waded through a metre of water to pose for photos on the Terania Street roundabout, which was the only dry ground.
A sign on the roundabout yesterday morning spelt out their sentiment.
"North Lismore High Ground. Thanks Lismore City Council."
Licensee Keith Duggan said that without a doubt North Lismore had been adversely affected by the city's new flood levee.
"Anyone who says we're better off needs their head read," he said.
"They are better off, and I'm pleased for them. They have dry feet, but it's definitely worse off here."
Horseland owner Chris Allen said he was pleased the CBD stayed dry, but the water had been flowing outside his North Lismore business faster than he'd ever seen it: "And I've been here 33 years, including the 1974 flood."
However, Chris was delighted with his new hoist, which had been subsidised by the Lismore council in compensation for the levee.
"With the hoist, we cleared everything out in about an hour," he said.
"So it allows us to sit it out and see what happens."
Owner of the Winsome Hotel, Dallas Bayley, said he had wanted to build his own levee wall around the pub, but Lismore City Council had knocked back his development application.
"I knew the pub was in a flood-affected area when I bought it," he said.
"But I thought I could build my own levee wall. That was a bit of a shock."