Planet Music manager Jamie Houston sweeps away rainwater from in front of the levee gates next to his store.
Planet Music manager Jamie Houston sweeps away rainwater from in front of the levee gates next to his store.

Rain may test city?s new levee



ON HIS way to work yesterday, the first thing Jamie Houston noticed, much like everyone else, was how wet it was.

Jamie is the manager of Molesworth Street's Planet Music, which is protected by Lismore's new flood levee.

"It was the first time I've driven to work thinking: 'Wow, there's a lot of surface water around'," he said.

Jamie moved to Ocean Shores five months ago.

If the rain keeps up it could be the first test of the flood prevention measures finished two months ago. "Everyone's a bit dubious," he said.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the rain is being caused by a very wide, flat and complex high pressure system, centred on Victoria.

This is bringing a sustained easterly airstream and moisture on to the east coast of NSW.

The forecast for the next few days is for rain, with a possible break on Friday. No flood warnings are current for the Northern Rivers.

The falls over the past few days have seen water levels at Rocky Creek Dam rise to 73.16 per cent, an increase of about 1 per cent.



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