Council counts cost of flood damage

Richmond Valley Council is estimating more than $3 million dollars worth of damage to roads and drainage has occurred during the two recent flooding events which has severely impacted the local area. Given the size of this second flood event, the Richmond Valley got off relatively lightly compared to what was being experienced in neighbouring areas to our north. Coraki, Tatham and Bungawalbin areas were the worst affected and he was relieved there were no reports of anyone being seriously injured. Flooding is still prevalent in many areas, people are urged to stay safe and listen to the advice of the emergency management authorities. RVC crews are ensuring that storm water drainage pits and pipes are clear and functioning, and monitoring water levels across roads which are still closed or cautioned. Once the water recedes, staff will attend to the repair of roads and other critical infrastructure and clean up public areas.