Flood channel to protect Kyogle

A NEW Kyogle flood plan recommending a $1.2 million levy and flood channel be built to protect homes from low to moderate flooding is now on public exhibition at Kyogle Council Chambers.

The Kyogle Floodplain Risk Management Study was commissioned by the council and undertaken by a special committee of people affected by flooding.

The study recommends a channel be constructed between Richmond River and Fawcetts Creek in Kyogle.

The channel would allow water from Fawcetts Creek to enter Richmond River during floods which would delay flooding and give 72 residents living in a flood-prone area of Kyogle, known as the flats, time to escape.

Other recommendations included: council to continue its voluntary purchase and elevation of eligible houses in the flats area; development of a control plan which would outline building restrictions in flood prone areas; improvement of flood awareness.

A public meeting will be held at the Kyogle Memorial Hall on February 19 between 7pm and 8pm



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