Time to keep the rising water at bay

DESTRUCTION: In 2011, residents Jean and Reg Toovey stood at the front of their flooded home at Sunset Caravan Park.
DESTRUCTION: In 2011, residents Jean and Reg Toovey stood at the front of their flooded home at Sunset Caravan Park. Trevor Veale/ The

TO help understand and manage flood risk, funding has been awarded to the Coffs Harbour City to help with flood affected areas.

"This grant will allow the council to investigate options to improve evacuation access for residents of the Sunset Caravan Park which is part of the recently adopted Woolgoolga Floodplain Risk Management Plan,” Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan said.

During a severe flood in 2011, residents at Sunset Caravan Park in Woolgoolga were devastated when water inundated their homes causing mass damage.

One resident said the combination of torrential rain and a high tide left nowhere for the excess of water to go except into his lounge room.

Coffs Harbour City Council have been awarded $13,000 in government funding to better manage flood risks in the area.

"This funding will help our community better prepare for any future flood,” Kevin Hogan said.

"We have all seen the damage done to communities and people's lives in recent flooding on the North Coast so it is imperative that the Government provides all the help we can to protect our communities in the future.

Funding is provided through the Floodplain Grants Scheme which is jointly funded by the Federal and State governments.

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