Rocky Creek Dam.
Rocky Creek Dam.

Rumour mill has a crack at dam, levee

AS RAIN continued to fall on Wednesday night, residents near The Channon received a warning of possible evacuations as Rocky Creek Dam topped the spillway by a metre.

But rumours around The Channon Store of a crack in the dam wall were completely unfounded, according to Rous Water general manager Kyme Lavelle.

Mr Lavelle said people were possibly getting confused with recent re-coring work that was carried out to meet current emergency management standards.

"We have a standard emergency management plan which is just normal protocol once the dam is overflowing through the spillway," he said.

"Once it gets to a certain level we advise the State Emergency Service and then they proceed to inform residents downstream.

"It's standard procedure. It happens at Tweed and it's because of the substantial amount of rainfall over a short period of time.

"Terania Creek received a lot of rain in the 48 to 72 hours prior to Wednesday, and that's why there was the big surge."

Similar rumours of problems with the levee walls were also unfounded, Richmond River County Council engineer Bill Moorehouse said.

"We're not expecting to get flooded out today," he said yesterday

He said there was a 6m gap where maintenance was being carried out, but that had been sandbagged and braced.

"We don't have a drama at this stage but next week if you see a low pressure system hanging off Brisbane then we'll get wet," he said.

A State Emergency Service spokeswoman said last night that river levels at Kyogle were falling, Casino was steady and Lismore was still rising slightly.

"From what I've heard most places are falling but I think they're looking at more showers coming in tomorrow and over the weekend so obviously we're prepared for things to go up and down for a while," she said.

"We're sitting here ready to react to anything that does come up if more storm cells come across."

River levels at Coraki are expected to peak tomorrow.

Bangalow Rd remained closed at Lagoon Grass and Bexhill. Coraki and Coraki-Ellangowan Rds were also closed while Nimbin Rd had re-opened but motorists were cautioned that water was still on the road.

Corndale and Eltham Rds were also still closed.

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