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Counting flood costs

Tuesday February 26, 2013 - 13:45 EDT

Byron Shire Council has been quick to add up its storm damage bill.

The council says last week's storm will cost it around 1.1 million dollars in repairs.

Tree damage has been widespread but there were also major landslips as well as erosion along the coast.

Phil Holloway from the council says the bill could go higher.

"At this stage that's an initial estimate (and) we'll be doing inspections over the next few days," he said.

Last month's bill from ex-cyclone Oswald was around 4 million dollars but that doesn't include the costs of fixing the major landslip at Upper Coopers Creek.

Phil Holloway from the council says this time around there's been further landslips on Possum Shoot and Coolamon Scenic Drive.

The mayor of the Clarence Valley says the combined costs of the two recent flood and storm events are significant in his region.

Mayor Richie Williamson says with the rain lifting, the council will assess further damage today.

"I think we are up to four bridges that have been damaged that's on top of the damage that we had in the Australia Day floods," Councillor Williamson said.

"The damage bill was about 12 million dollars I am told but I think we can add quite a few more million to that bill, that's just to public infrastructure let alone private infrastructure and insurance claims so it's two very very big events," he said.


- ABC

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