Workers are in the final stages of removing rubble caused by two landslips behind and beside the SES headquarters.
Workers are in the final stages of removing rubble caused by two landslips behind and beside the SES headquarters. John Gass

Landslip rubble almost cleared

TWEED Shire Council staff are in the final stages of removing rubble caused by two landslips behind and beside the SES headquarters on Kyogle Road at Bray Park.

The landslips occurred in the morning of Wednesday, January 25 following an overnight deluge which poured 153.6mm of rain onto the region in 24 hours.

The adjacent slip, which was the larger of the landslides, was cleared late last week and work commenced on the SES site this morning when a caterpillar and bulldozer began tearing the trees, rocks and soil from the rear of the vehicle parking bays.

The slip above the SES depot measured 45m high and 35m across and ripped out the cliff-face to a depth of three metres.

The landslip flowed into and through the Colorbond rear wall and poured about 15 metres into the building.

Fortunately Chris Chrisostomos, the SES controller, had ordered the removal of five flood boats, two storm trailers and four other vehicles from the covered parking bays following the first landslip which occurred about 90 minutes previously.

TSC engineers have been assessing the site and initial plans are to install heavy-duty drainage at the top of the cliff which would restrict the amount of rain cascading down the cliff-face during heavy downpours.



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