Flood evacuation plan

By SALLY GORDON

THE State Emergency Service has assured Grafton residents a comprehensive flood evacuation plan was publicly available at Clarence Valley Council libraries.

Clarence-Nambucca division controller Peter Minturn said plans currently were in place for all of the former Clarence Valley Council areas.

The SES's flood safeguard warranty, follows queries from a number of Upper Clarence residents, who claim authorities have not done enough to publicise evacuation strategies. Much of the concern is being fuelled by fears of a flood-wall failure in Grafton.

Grafton resident and former Grafton councillor Laurie Vandevelde, has accused Clarence emergency services of not knowing how to properly evacuate residents.

"In my opinion they do not know exactly what to do; they talk about it like in 2002, telling people to move, move, but to where?" Mr Vandevelde said. "It should be clearly pointed out by a public meeting ... how to go about it and which route to take."

Seelands resident Jack McBride has demanded to know how residents were going to escape from a flood.

"I've been told people would be evacuated by train. Where are they going to get the train from, we only have the XPT .. that's ridiculous," he said. Mr Minturn alleviated residents' concerns and said all evacuation occurred prior to the emergency.

"In this day and age we have a fair idea of what's to happen and there will be an evacuation call put out beforehand. We don't leave people there until the last moment," he said.



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