$8.2 mil­lion for flood mit­i­ga­tion

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS -

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.”

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