Flood clean-up and recovery update 4 April

Tuesday, 04 April 2017

The main CBD block will remain closed until at least Wednesday afternoon as Lismore City Council crews work to clear the CBD of flood debris.

Once finished in the main CBD block, crews will begin clearing and cleaning the outer CBD. Roadside pick-ups will continue in residential areas, however, Mayor Isaac Smith warned residents these could take three to four weeks to complete.

“The volume of waste is unprecedented,” he said. “We have every staff member and truck available out there working and we are doing our best. We really need residents to understand it could take weeks to get to every flood-affected area.”

Residential kerbside pick-ups will happen in stages as steel and whitegoods must be removed from other waste and these items cannot go to landfill.

Contractors will go through residential streets to collect steel and whitegoods. Trucks will then come through to collect all waste except dangerous goods including gas bottles, chemicals and tyres. A final trip will be made to collect dangerous goods.

Eighty NSW Fire Service trucks and more than 500 staff will continue hosing out homes and businesses across the city.

“Council is currently prioritising CBD flood debris clearing, road access for residents still cut off and kerbside pick-ups throughout the city,” Isaac said.

“This recovery effort is going to take time and it’s going to impact people emotionally and financially. We are now waiting on advice from the NSW Government on when the Flood Recovery Centre will be established. This will be a place people can go for counselling and support as well as accessing services like Centrelink.”
 

Latest waste and clean-up advice

  • Lismore CBD main block will be closed to traffic until at least Wednesday afternoon for CBD flood debris removal and cleaning. Businesses who have not emptied shops asked to phone Council on 1300 87 83 87 so skips can be delivered. Carparks around CBD still open. Business owners can walk in to continue cleaning.
  • Residents asked to place all rotting food in green bins and call Council on 1300 87 83 87 for immediate pick-up.
  • Residential kerbside pick-ups will happen in stages. Contractors will come through to collect steel and whitegoods. Trucks will then come through to collect all waste except dangerous goods including gas bottles, chemicals and tyres. A final trip will be made to collect dangerous goods.
  • Eighty NSW Fire Service trucks and more than 500 staff will continue hosing out homes and businesses across the city.
  • Kerbside pick-ups in North and South Lismore continue. Rural kerbside pick-up to occur in flood-inundated villages. Dates not available yet.
  • Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre open and all flood-affected waste can be dropped off free of charge.
  • Bins that have been lost in the flood will be replaced. Phone 1300 87 83 87 to log your details.
  • The Lismore Revolve Shop is closed until further notice.
  • Brewster Street Drop-off Centre is closed until further notice.
  • All school and botanical garden educational tours at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre have been cancelled.

Pets and animals
The Lismore Pound is full and there are at least half a dozen dogs that need a new home. To arrange animals for adoption phone 1300 87 83 87. If you have lost livestock or need deceased livestock to be collected please phone the Department of Primary Industries on 1300 795 299.

Water
Nimbin rural water supply is now restored. The boil water notice is still in effect for these residents. Potable water is available from Allsopp Park.

Power
Essential Energy has reported that all power has now been restored to people in Lismore. Electricians are attending to a number of single premise jobs. For more information or enquiries phone 13 20 80.

Roads
Roads are continuing to reopen. Currently 19 roads are still not fully open. Road crews are continuing work on Blue Knob Road with the aim to open at today. Crews are also working on a landslip at Tuntable Falls Road and also hoping to open today. Inspection of the major road network continues with access for residents the top priority. Once major roads are all reopened Council will begin inspecting more minor roads. Some road crews have been diverted to help with flood clean-up. All roadworks planned before the flood have been postponed until further notice. For road closure updates, visit www.myroadinfo.com.au.

Airport
Lismore Airport reopened at 10am today and REX flights have resumed.

Volunteering
If you would like help cleaning your home or business, you can ask for volunteer help from the Lismore Helping Hands Facebook page. More than 4000 volunteers have registered to help.

Donations
If you would like to give donations of physical items, please contact a local charity.

Flood Recovery Centre
The NSW Government is working to establish a Flood Recovery Centre to assist people in the weeks and months ahead as the recovery effort takes place. This will house essential services such as Centrelink and Housing NSW. More information will be forthcoming once location established.

Insurance claims
The Insurance Council of Australia has contacted Lismore City Council and advised that people with insurance in flood-affected areas who do not specifically have flood coverage should still make a claim as it may be covered under storm damage. If people encounter problems with their insurer, phone the Catastrophe Event Insurance Hotline on 1800 734 621.

Lismore Library and Lismore Memorial Baths
Lismore Library and the Lismore Memorial Baths are closed for clean-up until further notice. Mobile Library open today from 9.30am to 5pm in front of Lismore Library. Goonellabah Library and Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre operating as normal.

Ongoing updates
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