Councillor Kerry Lloyd relaxes by the Clarence River yesterday.
Councillor Kerry Lloyd relaxes by the Clarence River yesterday.

We?re not ready for a major flood: Lloyd

By JURIS GRANEY

ARE we ready for a flood in 2006?

According to Clarence Valley Council Floodplain Services chairman and councillor Kerry Lloyd, the answer is no.

Experts last week predicted that the drought was nearly over, but the opposite extreme, flooding, was likely in the New Year.

And Cr Lloyd said we need to be prepared for the worst.

"To be honest, there has been a belief in the Clarence Valley that the levee walls will protect us from major flooding, but the latest research doesn't support that," he said.

"It was thought that the walls could protect us from a one-in-100 year flood, but the reality is it is more like a one-in-25 year flood.

"I don't want to scare people, but they have to realise they have to be prepared to evacuate.

"There will be a time when the water comes over the wall, it is inevitable, just look at New Orleans in America and what happened there."

Cr Lloyd said if a flood did occur, residents needed to make sure they obeyed orders from the emergency services departments.

"I hope it never happens, but hope is not going to save lives and hope is not going to save houses from going under," he said.

There are currently six floodplain studies taking place in the region that would not be completed until next year.



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