Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Flood danger rises after river bank collapses

Wednesday March 6, 2013 - 14:36 EDT
Audience submitted image
A river bank collapse in Murwillumbah could compromise the town's flood levee - Audience submitted

The Tweed Shire Council says the collapse of a 50-metre long section of a riverbank in Murwillumbah could compromise the town's flood levee.

The slip occurred at the southern end of the concrete wall section on Commercial Road.

Council engineer Danny Rose says emergency repairs will be done to stabilise the bank.

He says the damage was done several weeks ago.

"We were actually aware that there was a problem in that particular area immediately after the January flood," Mr Rose said.

"There were some signs of cracking, but because there was a lot of vegetation on the bank and we were waiting until the river went back to its normal levels and the area dried out a bit, which it hasn't really been able to do, we couldn't tell the full extent.

"But then last night the slip occurred.

"We'll be doling some immediate temporary works to try to amour that bank and make sure it doesn't get any worse.

"Our hope is that we can put these emergency works in place and that will buy us enough time to put a permanent solution in there without exposing the town to any risk.

"But we have let the SES know that there's been an issue with the levee so that if a big flood is forecast and does occur, we can keep a very close eye on that."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Rain welcome but many in western Queensland 'still doing it tough'

21:28 EDT

Rain in parts of western Queensland in the past week has raised hope that the drought may finally be over, but the long, dry years have already devastated pastures and wiped out incomes for many farming families.

Solid central Australian rain a bonus as pastoral company progresses with drought-proofing strategy aimed at selling heavier cattle

17:06 EDT

A Central Australian pastoral company says recent solid rain across its five cattle stations is a welcome bonus as it continues with a drought-proofing strategy.

Tropical Cyclone Tatiana intensifies, may bring dangerous swell to Queensland coast: BoM

16:18 EDT

Queensland's first cyclone of the season poses no immediate threat to the coast but may whip up dangerous swells for south-east beaches early next week, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) says.