A large crack has formed in the Lismore CBD levee bank, probably as a result of the flood in May last year.
A large crack has formed in the Lismore CBD levee bank, probably as a result of the flood in May last year. David Nielsen

A disaster waiting to happen

A 20-METRE section of the Lismore flood levee is on the verge of collapsing into the Wilsons River.

Lismore City Council yesterday confirmed that a section of land about 20 metres long and five metres wide behind the Newtrain building in Club Lane was starting to slump causing a large crack in the levee wall.

“This section of the levee is particularly vulnerable as it is right on the edge of the riverbank and directly opposite the flow of water from Leycester Creek,” Richmond River County Council chairman and Lismore councillor John Chant said in a statement yesterday.

The levee was completed in 2005, costing about $19 million. Ironically, next year CBD businesses will finish paying the special charge struck to pay for the levee.

Cr Chant said the initial damage, which includes cracks in the wall of about 10cm wide, probably occurred during last May’s flood.

The damage was discovered during a routine inspection.

Geo-technical engineers inspected the site yesterday morning, with one calling it ‘a disaster waiting to happen’.

Richmond River County Council floodplain services manager Michael Wood said government agencies had been informed of the ‘slumping’ and were working to fix it.

“We are on top of it,” he said. “It’s just a matter of finding the best way forward, which is what the experts are working on now,” he said.

Mr Wood said in the event of a flood warning a temporary barrier of shot rock would be constructed along Glasgow Lane, from the Riviera car park along the front of the Newtrain building to the Corporate Express building.

He said the rocks were being stockpiled around the CBD and the wall could be built within hours of receiving a flood warning from the Bureau of Meteorology.

 

 

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This section of the levee

is particularly vulnerable

as it is right on the edge of the riverbank and directly opposite the flow of water from Leycester Creek.



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