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Floods covered by disaster funding

Bellingen Shire Council will share in Natural Disaster Funding to cover the flood damage to its roads and bridges.
Bellingen Shire Council will share in Natural Disaster Funding to cover the flood damage to its roads and bridges.

FLOOD declarations and natural disaster funds have been announced for the flood affected Bellingen Shire Local Government area.

The State Government's Natural Disaster Declarations also apply to Byron, Kyogle, Lismore and Richmond Valley Shire Local Government Areas.

Sorely missed from the list is the Nambucca Shire Council, which also experienced minor to moderate flooding and an estimated damage bill running into the millions.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Michael Gallacher announced the declarations.

"This weather system has caused a lot of damage to critical infrastructure, property and road networks," Minister Gallacher said.

"By declaring Natural Disasters for these Council areas, we are unlocking a number of measures to help local residents, business owners and farmers get back on their feet faster.

"We will continue to monitor the situation in those flood affected areas and if necessary, additional councils may need to be declared Natural Disasters. 

A number of supportive schemes are now available to assist with the cost of restoration and recovery under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements and the NSW Disaster Assistance Arrangements.

"The Emergency Service workers in these areas have done an outstanding job to protect lives and property in the wake of these storms, issuing evacuation orders and helping residents to emergency accommodation.

"Their tireless efforts are applauded and greatly appreciated," he said. 

With a trough moving into NSW today, the Bureau of Meteorology has placed five Mid North Coast river catchments on flood watch.

The weather system is forecast to stall over the north-east of the state tomorrow bringing heavy rain to inland and  coastals valley until Friday.

There is a 70% chance of flooding developing from late Tuesday onwards in the following river valleys:

1. Gwydir - minor flooding

2. Namoi and Peel - minor flooding

3. Bellinger and Nambucca - minor to moderate flooding

4. Orara - moderate to major flooding. Some renewed minor flooding is also possible along the Clarence River

5. Macleay - moderate to major flooding

6. Hastings - minor to moderate flooding

7. Manning - minor flooding

8. Upper Hunter including Scone - minor flooding

Topics:  bellingen shire council floods mike gallacher



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