‘We were lucky’: Spiro wants more protection
AFTER parts of the Grafton levee had to be sandbagged to save properties on Tuesday, long-time resident Spiro Notaras called for the wall to be built up an additional 40 centimetres.
"Everyone needs to realise how lucky we were," he said.
During the 1946 flood, Mr Notaras said, five feet of water inundated Prince St.
On Tuesday as many people were going to the banks of the Clarence to watch, he was readying the Saraton Theatre on Prince St for possible inundation.
"If the wall had broken at the height of the flood it would have been a disaster," Mr Notaras said.
"I believe the people of Grafton should be demanding we be protected to 8.6 metres."
He pointed out the levee was built up with sand bags during Tuesday's flooding and this was essentially the same as building the wall to 8.6m.
He also said the wall was already built to the height of 8.6m in South Grafton.
Prior to the construction of the levee, Mr Notaras said he had seen torrents of water hit Prince St with enough strength to topple a large refrigerator in his father's cafe.
Mayor Richie Williamson indicated it was unlikely the council would undertake to increase the height of the Grafton levee.
He emphasised how massive the structure is and how much area the council has to maintain.
He said, at this point, the impetus was on maintenance, since the levee had been tested to its limits during this flood.
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