Water from the Coldstream River gushes through a gaping hole in the levee wall near Ulmarra.
Water from the Coldstream River gushes through a gaping hole in the levee wall near Ulmarra. JoJo Newby

Damaged levee will slow water

A BREAK in a section of levee five kilometres south-east of Ulmarra should not be cause for panic among Ulmarra residents, a council engineer said yesterday, but the breach could potentially affect the speed water may move if another flood was to occur.

Flood mitigation engineer Frank Rasporsek said the break, in a section of the Sweeney Creek levee system, followed some damage to the same section in last year's flood but the council had not been able to access the area.

Mr Rasporsek said the levee wall was just one of a series of holding levees that helped reduce the impact of the Swan Creek and the Coldstream River on Ulmarra, which sits on the Clarence River.

"The levee is designed to be overtopped at a certain level. Now there's a hole in it, it's not going to hold water ... it will slow it because it has only got a small place to get through."

Mr Rasporsek said some damage from last year's flood could only be fixed in October/November because paddocks remained waterlogged and heavy equipment could not get through.



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