$8.2 million for flood mitigation
MORE than 400,000 cubic metres of soil will be excavated from behind the Lismore airport in the first stage of an $8.2 million flood mitigation strategy.
The strategy was announced yesterday by Lismore MP Thomas George and Deputy Premier John Barilaro.
They said it would make Lismore better prepared for future flood events.
Mr George said the first priority was the excavation of soil from behind the airport in order to channel Leycester Creek overflow into the flood plain, where it will travel around Lismore airport before re-entering the river system below the city. In March 2017, ex-tropical cyclone Debbie delivered extreme rainfall across northern NSW towns, causing the Wilson River to peak at 11.6 metres and two-metre high floodwaters to engulf the Lismore CBD.
“The community, local businesses, Lismore City Council, emergency services volunteers, the NSW Government Flood Recovery Co-ordinator and support services did an incredible job getting the region back on its feet,” Mr George said.
“This excavation will hopefully give all stakeholders more time to assess their evacuation options in future flood events.”