Tum­bul­gum will stay strong af­ter flood

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

FOR a vil­lage that’s used to reg­u­lar flood­ing, Tum­bul­gum res­i­dents are de­ter­mined not to let the one-in-100-year flood in March get the bet­ter of them.

The SES Tum­bul­gum and Con­dong post-flood fo­rum sum­mary re­port re­vealed that “lo­cal knowl­edge” of Tum­bul­gum res­i­dents would be used to form a sub-group to look at strate­gies for fu­ture flood prepa­ra­tion, in­clud­ing car evac­u­a­tion plans, flood ed­u­ca­tion and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a street war­den pro­gram.

Tum­bul­gum Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Jenny Kidd will be a part of the sub-group and will work with the SES and Red Cross to help im­ple­ment the strate­gies dis­cussed dur­ing the April post-flood fo­rum.

“There’s ob­vi­ously some work that needs to be done in pre­par­ing for fu­ture floods where we can im­prove the ca­pac­ity for in­di­vid­u­als in our com­mu­nity to be bet­ter pre­pared and to know about de­ci­sion mak­ing,” Ms Kidd said. “We’re go­ing to start rolling out some neigh­bour­hood groups within our com­mu­nity to work on those things to­gether and have a com­mu­ni­ca­tion tree. This takes time but we’re try­ing to move on while we still have the mem­ory of the flood. The wa­ter’s gone and the face of the vil­lage is look­ing back to nor­mal but we’re still work­ing hard.”

Ms Kidd said she thought the re­port was “a good gen­eral sum­mary and it did iden­tify the key is­sues” but wanted to see “more com­mit­ments” from coun­cil and SES to en­act the flood plans.

“The other area that’s in the re­port that still needs some work is the whole tim­ing of the evac­u­a­tion no­tice,” she said.

“(The re­port) didn’t ad­dress the is­sue, and we’ve raised this with both the SES and the coun­cil, that our exit roads get blocked be­fore the evac­u­a­tion warn­ing or no­tices come to the vil­lage. We need some way for the in­for­ma­tion to get to us be­fore the roads are blocked.”

HELP: Maria van Vliet, Ju­lia Hillen and Jenny Kidd helped co-or­di­nate Tum­bul­gum’s re­cov­ery af­ter the flood.

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