Planning manager Andrew Gissing talks to a crowd of business leaders in Grafton yesterday about preparing for floods.
Planning manager Andrew Gissing talks to a crowd of business leaders in Grafton yesterday about preparing for floods.

Preparing for a big wet

By EMMA CORNFORD

GRAFTON business owners were yesterday warned by the State Emergency Service not to be complacent about floods.

Around 70 local business owners or representatives attended the SES business Floodsafe Awareness breakfast, held at the Grafton Bowling Club.

Mackellys manager Andrew Kelly, who has seen numerous floods in Grafton since he returned to the area in 1977, said the morning had been useful.

"We've already got a flood plan in place, but with the drought in recent years we've become a bit complacent," he said.

"This provided a timely reminder to update the plans we put in place after the 2001 flood."

Local SES controller Peter Stevens said the State Government-funded breakfast was an important part of providing more information to residents of the Clarence Valley.

"It's not a matter of if it will flood, it's a matter of when," he said.

"There are people who work in Skinner Street and Prince Street who only ever seen pictures of floods (and) since we've had the levee wall there people have become a bit complacent."

The breakfast was the first of a number of campaigns the SES will run in coming months to help with community awareness about what to do in a flood.

Tips offered included:

Check insurance policies

Back up records and accounts

Have a flood contingency plan, including where to move equipment and stock.



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