SES re­leases flood data

Re­sponse to post flood fo­rums

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Ais­ling Bren­nan ais­ling.bren­nan@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

THE SES is call­ing on the com­mu­nity to pro­vide lo­cal knowl­edge as it works on cre­at­ing bet­ter strate­gies to man­age fu­ture flood events.

Fol­low­ing a series of in­de­pen­dent post-flood fo­rums held in Mur­willum­bah, Tum­bul­gum and Kingscliff in May, the SES wants to fur­ther ex­pand on the dis­cus­sions with the com­mu­nity to en­sure res­i­dents are well pre­pared dur­ing a flood.

SES Rich­mond Tweed re­gion com­mu­nity en­gage­ment co-or­di­na­tor Janet Pet­tit said the com­mu­nity would be in­vited to work on im­ple­ment­ing the strate­gies, sim­i­lar to the sub-group set up in Tum­bul­gum.

“NSW SES recog­nise the value of work­ing with you to ad­dress some of these is­sues raised, par­tic­u­larly in re­la­tion to lis­ten­ing to lo­cals who can pro­vide on the ground in­for­ma­tion dur­ing floods,” she said.

“We will be send­ing out an

in­vi­ta­tion to a fol­low-up meet­ing for any­one in­ter­ested in work­ing on lo­cal strate­gies that ad­dress these is­sues.”

Hun­dreds of res­i­dents at­tended the meet­ings in May to share their sto­ries about the flood which caused wide-spread dev­as­ta­tion to Tweed homes and busi­nesses.

The meet­ings were also at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from SES, coun­cil, NBN and the ABC.

The data col­lected dur­ing these meet­ings has been used to pro­duce three Tweed-based re­ports to help bet­ter man­age fu­ture floods in the area. One ques­tion raised by Mur­willum­bah res­i­dents was around

con­cern over whether the re­lease from Clar­rie Hall Dam con­trib­uted to the flood lev­els.

Tweed Shire Coun­cil re­sponded to the con­cerns ex­plain­ing the wa­ter re­lease from the dam “had min­i­mal down­stream im­pacts”.

“The valve opens au­to­mat­i­cally dur­ing flood events as a pro­tec­tion

mea­sure for the dam,” coun­cil stated in the re­port.

Some res­i­dents also were “con­cerned the ABC ra­dio had too much fo­cus on Lis­more” and there was a need for a more cen­tralised form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion for flood warn­ings.

To see a copy of the post-flood re­port, con­tact NSW SES on (02) 4251 6111.

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

HELP IS HERE: Tweed Heads State Emer­gency Ser­vices Swift Wa­ter Res­cue crew and Tweed Heads Po­lice went to Chin­derah to as­sist with re­lo­cat­ing lo­cals dur­ing the March flood.

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