Lismore City Council workers check the seals on the flood gates ahead of the expected peak of 9.7m at midnight tonight.
Lismore City Council workers check the seals on the flood gates ahead of the expected peak of 9.7m at midnight tonight.

More than 300 homes without water

SOME 300 homes have been left without water from Rosebank east to outlying areas of Bangalow since last night after a water main burst in a remote off-road location between the two towns.

Rous Water has been unable to access the break today as two causeways en route to the site remain at least 1.5m under water.

The break is currently leaking 220 litres every second and is quite severe, according to Rous Water operations manager Wayne Franklin.

"It's a big break - it's buggered," Mr Franklin said.

He said the task facing the crews to access the site, despite being well equipped with chainsaws and heavy vehicles, was impossible.

"Our trucks just cannot drive through that sort of water - mother nature is not letting us - so we'll back out there tomorrow," Mr Franklin said.

The burst means homes in rural parts of Rosebank, Eureka, Binna Burra and Bangalow are without water, with hundreds more in Clunes are experiencing low pressure.

Mr Franklin speculated the burst could be the result of either a landslip occurring above the pipe, or an underlying weakness in the main (which is currently on Rous Water's replacement schedule) compounded by the recent damp weather.

Barring more rain, Mr Franklin said he believed the break could be accessed and repaired within 24 hours.



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