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Byron Shire Council expecting significant damage - still assessing

Byron Shire Council is expecting significant damage to its road and bridge network from the recent wet weather and flood damage.

Council’s director of infrastructure services, Phil Holloway, said staff will be assessing flood damage over the coming days.

“Road closures and water is making areas hard to access and until the weather improves and the water drops, it will be hard to get a clear picture.

“However, with almost 500 millimetres rain and flooding in Billinudgel, South Golden Beach, Ocean Shores, New Brighton and Mullumbimby we can expect a level of damage in towns and the rural areas.

“Plus, we will need the water levels in the river to drop so we can clear debris at bridges and assess for damage.

“With another 24 hours of strong winds and water-logged ground, we are also expecting trees to continue to come down over the weekend,” Mr Holloway said.

Staff are on roster to assist the SES and continue with inspections and cleanup over the weekend and into next week.

Known road damage currently includes two uphill-side landslips on Coolamon Scenic Drive; debris has been cleared and traffic control has been put in place.

Extra pothole crews will be deployed next week and priority will be placed on the large and potential dangerous sites.  The crews will then return and repair the smaller potholes.

All Byron Shire beaches are currently closed.  All sporting fields are closed and will be inspected again on Monday.

Waste collection services continued today and will continue over the weekend to areas that could not be accessed.  Residents are asked to leave their bin out if they are able to.

At this stage access to the Myocum Resource Recovery is limited due to roads being cut, green waste (trees, branches, stumps and shrubs) can be dropped at the landill, at no cost, for a period of two weeks.

Whilst still awaiting natural disaster declaration from the state government, Mr Holloway said he was anticipating this would happen.

He also thanked the first responder crews of NSW SES, the rural fire brigades, emergency services, hospitals, volunteers and council workers.

“The cleanup for the region will be significant over the coming weeks and we ask for residents to please be patient whilst we attend to areas with the highest needs first,” said Mr Holloway.

Due to power outages in Mullumbimby, Byron Shire Council was also forced to close its administration office. We are aiming to be back open on Monday.

For road closures and updates, please go to My RoadInfo - http://www.myroadinfo.com.au

Phone contacts:

Life threatening emergencies:  000

NSW SES:  132 500

Byron Shire Council after emergencies: 6622 7022

The NSW SES recommends the following actions:

  • Impacted residents should be aware of possible isolation that could affect their
    work, family and educational commitments.
  • Keep in contact with your neighbours.
  • Farmers on low lying land close to rivers and creeks are urged to monitor livestock,
    pumps and other equipment.
  • If your property is at risk of inundation, please raise moveable items, such as
    furniture, as high as possible onto benches or tables, placing electrical items on top.
  • If you are advised by an emergency services officer to evacuate, please do so.
  • Secure outside belongings and before leaving; turn off the power, water and take
    essential medicines and clothes with you.
  • Never drive ride or walk through floodwater

 

Media contact:

Media Communication Officer
Byron Shire Council
Ph: 02 6626 7320

Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.