Residents urged to stock supplies
RESIDENTS of Wilsons Creek have been told to stock up on supplies in case a landslip, which partially closed the only road in and out of the community, got worse.
The land slip occurred about 300m west of the Wilsons Creek Public School on Wilsons Creek Rd and caused part of the road to fall into the adjacent creek.
Byron Shire Council closed one lane of the already narrow road so workers could do emergency repairs, estimated to take a week.
An excavator was at the land-slip site on Friday attempting to stabilise the road by placing large rocks below the slip area.
About 100 properties along Wilsons Creek Rd and Upper Wilsons Creek Road are affected by the slide.
Byron Shire Council's executive manager of community infrastructure Phil Holloway asked residents to stock up on food and supplies, including medications, in case the road had to be closed.
"There is a concern that the road may slip further and the road will need to be closed in both directions," he said.
"Council staff will be at the site 24 hours monitoring the situation."
Inconveniently, the landslide comes just days from the start of the school year on Monday.
Wilsons Creek Public School has been advised of the slip and parents are urged to contact the school next week.
Heidi Groom, of Richmond Tweed SES, said volunteers would be on hand if the land- slip deteriorated.
This included conducting emergency food and medical supply drop-offs to the isolated properties if needed.
However, Wilson Creek residents are no strangers to flood dilemmas. Every time the area receives heavy rain, Wilsons Creek Rd and Upper Wilsons Creek Rd further north are the first to be cut off.