Coffs Harbour City Council wants to ‘water-proof” the city’s flood-affected public hospital.
Coffs Harbour City Council wants to ‘water-proof” the city’s flood-affected public hospital.

Concern at Coffs hospital flooding

FLOODING of the Coffs Harbour Health Campus is a topic worrying Coffs Harbour City Councillor Rodney Degens.

In questions on notice to last Thursday’s council meeting, Cr Degens asked: “How does Coffs Harbour City Council plan to safeguard the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital against future flooding events?”

He said he was particularly concerned about access in and out of the hospital.

Staff said the floor level of the hospital building, which was isolated by water during the March 31, 2009 flood, was set above the current 1 in 100-year flood level although car parking and access was flood-affected.

Council general manager Stephen Sawtell said his team was engaged with the hospital on a number of emergency exit issues through Phil Hawthorn and Hogbin Drives and to what extent it could be ‘weatherproofed.’



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