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Kempsey flood anger sparks meetings

Tuesday March 12, 2013 - 09:13 EDT

A number of Kempsey Shire residents say major improvements are needed to the region's river gauges and levees before the next major flood.

A beef farmer in the Glenrock area, Allan Griffin, says the gauges aren't reliable.

Mr Griffin says work on the highway bypass at Frederickton has caused greater flooding in certain areas.

He's organised a meeting with relevant council staff which has been held at the council chambers this morning.

"Everyone can air their concerns to the council which in our opinion this last flood we've had, which has totally ruined our livelihood for the next 12 months, was unnecessary to have the water because of flood gates that weren't working properly and they've let the water onto us again," he said.

There are concerns that river gauges and levees weren't reliable.

Mr Griffin says his livelihood has been ruined for at least a year because flood gates near his land didn't work properly.

"It was unnecessary to have the water because of flood gates that weren't working properly and they've let the water onto us again.

"When the flood broke the bank on Glenrock well I have lost a kilometre of fencing on the highway, plus washouts," he said.

Meanwhile, the Kempsey Shire Council will hold three meetings this week to discuss flood mitigation systems with locals.

The meetings will be held on Friday, with the first one at the Belmore River Flood Gates at 9am.

It will be followed by a meeting at the Kinchela Flood Gates Right Bank, and a final meeting near Glenrock Drain.


- ABC

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