Mayor confident about upgraded flood leveeBy Chrissy Arthur, Tuesday December 11, 2012 - 11:10 EDT
A western Queensland council says an upgrade to a multi-million dollar levee will help to flood-proof the town of Jericho, east of Longreach.
Barcaldine Mayor Rob Chandler says the levee was in place and worked to protect properties during a flood earlier this year but it has required an upgrade, including raising part of the barrier.
He says the work has been completed in time for the onset of the flood season and it has been a significant investment.
"Between two and three million dollars and that was a third, a third and a third, with funding from the state and federal governments and the council, so we committed a lot of money to it but we feel it is worth it in the long run," he said.
"If we get a flood again similar to the last couple of years, the levee bank will hold - if we get a massive flood well we will just have to wait and see but we are fairly confident that it will hold the water.
"I hate to say it but most things that are man-made, history has shown that sometimes things will breach those developments but this is built to handle a 1990 or a 1974 flood, any bigger and we will just have to wait and see.
"But we feel that it worked last time, so hopefully it will work again."
© ABC 2012
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