Self-help flood advice

By NERIDA BLOK

LINDSAY MATTERSON believes in self-help.

During his presentation at last night's public meeting on Lismore's recent flood, the SES unit controller advised North Lismore residents to form their own flood warning service for timely, up-to-date data.

"Get yourself a viable flood warning service," he said. "Self-help is always the best help."

But it was more than self-help that the 120 people attending the Lismore City Council-run meeting at the Italo Club, North Lismore, were chasing.

Many wanted answers to discrepancies in flood height levels.

Cheryl Hope, of North Lismore, said she was 'just a simple housekeeper and business owner, but if I'm going to give out information I'd want it to be accurate'.

"If you start with inaccurate information, how can you give out accurate information," she queried.

Evacuations were also of major interest.

North Lismore shopkeeper Graham Askey said the decision to direct businesses to 'packup at 9am was unnecessary and premature'.

"What's the point of the levee if you ask people to pack up when it's (water) not even near the levee," he said.

Other guest speakers included Gordon McKay, Bureau of Meteorology, and Paul Muldoon, general manager of Richmond River County Council.

See Lismore council's website: www.lismore.nsw.gov.au for meeting review.



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