Flood gates damaged
SEVERAL floodgates in the Coraki area have been tampered with in the recent floods, causing at least $20,000 worth of damage, according to Richmond River County council flood services manager Michael Wood.
Mr Wood identified three floodgates damaged by illegal interference at Swan Bay, Swan Bay, Kilgin, and Oakland Rd south of Coraki.
Police are now investigating the matter after emergency workers were called to assist the repair operation.
The floodgates open automatically to allow water to flow into the Richmond once water levels have subsided to a certain level, but Mr Wood said it appeared someone had used tractors to pull them open and lock them in place with wiring.
"Apart from the damage done, there's the possibility of these people injuring themselves," Mr Wood said.
"This was strange, extended flood event in that area and desperate times clearly lead to some desperate measures... people start interfering with a system which compromises everything."