Hole needed in flood wall



HOMES would actually be saved from flooding rather than suffer more drainage problems if a flood wall in north Ocean Shores had holes put in it, Tweed Shire Council said yesterday.

The Council yesterday rejected claims that homes in Ocean Shores would suffer if flood drainage from southern parts of the Tweed was improved to help canefarmers suffering crop losses in heavy rains.

Tweed Shire Council is demanding neighbouring Byron Shire install huge culverts in the flood wall which causes floodwaters to back up and inundate southern Tweed canefields.

Tweed acting chief engineer Patrick Knight said the culverts would also relieve flooding of houses in the Fern Beach area of Byron Shire, just north of Ocean Shores.

Mr Knight said studies had shown the level of floodwater at Fern Beach would drop by 200mm if two large concrete box culverts were placed in the so-called Kallaroo Circuit bund.

By comparison, studies showed the downstream flood level would increase only by 20mm, he said.

Byron Shire councillor Tom Tabart earlier this week said his fellow councillors would not agree to the installation of the bund.



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