Kevin Alvos takes a moment out from the huge task of cleaning up after the flood that swept through his property on Kyogle Flat
Kevin Alvos takes a moment out from the huge task of cleaning up after the flood that swept through his property on Kyogle Flat

Stoic tale of survival from flood victim

By ANDY PARKS andy.parks@northernstar.com.au YOU have to admire the stoicism of Kevin Alvos. The Kyogle resident lost a huge amount of equipment, including some work tools, an outboard motor, a chainsaw and a generator, when floodwaters washed away his shed and came within centimetres of entering his house last Saturday.

Mr Alvos was still cleaning up around his house when The Northern Star visited on Thursday, and said he considered himself to be one of the lucky ones.

"The house is dry and I've got somewhere to live. There are others along this street that went under," he said.

"I've been here 38 years and I've never seen anything like it. There wasn't enough time for anything."

Mr Alvos was critical of the information that was issued at the time by the SES for Kyogle.

"We only heard minor to moderate flooding for Kyogle. We were told it was going to get to 14? metres, so we put everything up to 16 metres, but it went to 18."

Mr Alvos' shed was knocked down by the strength of the floodwaters and his caravan was pushed over a fence and turned upside down.

"We're putting it all back now and the council are coming around and picking up stuff people are chucking out," he said.

The State Government has increased its assistance to the Byron, Ballina and Clarence Valley shires, taking it to eight local government areas that are now covered, with the Tweed, Kyogle, Richmond Valley, Lismore and Tenterfield declared Natural Disaster areas over the past few days.

Recent estimates of the damage include; $10 million damage to roads and bridges in Richmond Valley Shire, $1 million damage to roads and bridges in the Clarence Valley Shire and $600,000 damage to roads, bridges and sporting fields in Byron Shire.



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