Flood clean-up and recovery update 5 April

Wednesday, 05 April 2017

Lismore’s Woodlark and Molesworth Streets are now open to traffic and cleaning and flood debris removal is continuing in Magellan and Keen Streets as well as the outer Lismore CBD.

Council is asking any business that wishes to dispose of flood debris after the CBD streets reopen to please arrange collection with Council on 1300 87 83 87 so those streets remain clean.

“We have noticed some shops have still not been opened since the flood, but now that we have gone through and cleaned up, we would like to arrange skips to come rather than having debris thrown on the footpath,” Isaac said.

“We need to try and get our city back to some sort of normality where businesses can trade again. Our businesses have shown some true guts and fighting spirit through this natural disaster… it’s been inspiring to watch. Our message to everyone now is: buy local. Buy everything local.”

Meanwhile, Lismore City Council has started the Lismore Flood Appeal to raise funds for those worst hit. Thousands of dollars has already been donated and Council is establishing a committee of community leaders including the Mayor to decide on how best to distribute funds. To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/lismorefloodappeal.

“Already we have raised almost $20,000 in less than 12 hours and the donations keep pouring in,” Isaac said. “The generosity of strangers is overwhelming and heartening.”

Latest waste and clean-up advice

  • Magellan and Keen Streets will be closed to traffic until at least Wednesday afternoon. Businesses who have not emptied shops need to phone 1300 87 83 87 for collection.
  • All rotting food in green bins should be reported to 1300 87 83 87 for immediate pick-up.
  • Residential kerbside pick-ups continue as fast as possible. Steel and whitegoods will be collected first. 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.
  • Rural kerbside pick-up to occur in flood-inundated villages. Dates not available yet.
  • NSW Fire Service volunteers will only be available in a reduced force after today.
  • Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre open all week and over the weekend until 6pm for flood drop-offs. Free of charge.
  • Bins that have been lost in the flood will be replaced. Phone 1300 87 83 87.
  • The Lismore Revolve Shop and Brewster Street Drop-off Centre are closed until further notice.

Roads
There are still 14 roads still not fully open. These are: Boatharbour Road; Cawongla Road; Coraki Road (near Wyrallah Ferry); Crofton Road; Gungas Road; Hensley Carpark; Keerrong Road; Koonorigan Road (2km from Nimbin Road); Moffit Road; Oakland Road; Rowing Club Carpark; Suffolk Road; Swan Bay Road; and Tuntable Creek Road. Crews are currently working at Crofton Road and Moffit Road. 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.

Power
All power has now been restored to people in Lismore. For any enquiries phone Essential Energy on 13 20 80.

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.

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.

Airport
Open.

Clyde Campbell Carpark pop-up shops and business support
Banks and other service providers are being provided space for temporary pop-up shops in the Clyde Campbell Carpark until their businesses can reopen. CBD retail outlets have also been offered 34 free pop-up retail spaces at Lismore Square for six weeks with tables, power and security at no cost. Availability limited. Email admin@lismorechamber.com.au.

The Lismore Chamber of Commerce & Industry is holding a Lismore Flood Information Event for business owners, bringing together organisations and agencies to assist in providing necessary information and support in the recovery phase. Held Thursday, 6 April at South Cross University from 7.15am to 8.30am. Register at admin@lismorechamber.com.au.

Volunteering and Free Laundry Service

The Lismore Helping Hands Hub is now open at the old Railway Station in South Lismore. You can sign up to volunteer or do your laundry (both washing and drying) free of charge courtesy of Orange Sky Laundry. They also have a pick-up service. There is also coffee and food available. The hub is open 8am to 6pm. If you need help cleaning your home or business, go to https://lismore.recovers.org. More than 4000 volunteers have registered to help.

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

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 until further notice. Goonellabah Library and Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre are open. All Learn to Swim Lessons and holiday swimming intensives are now at Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre, which has extended operating hours as follows:

  • Sunday, 9 April: 10am to 5pm
  • Monday, 10 April: 6am to 8pm
  • Tuesday, 11 April: 6am to 8pm
  • Wednesday, 12 April: 6am to 8pm
  • Thursday, 13 April: 6am to 8pm
  • Good Friday, 14 April: CLOSED
  • Easter Saturday, 15 April: 8am to 5pm (creche open as usual)
  • Easter Sunday, 16 April: 8am to 4pm
  • Easter Monday, 17 April: 8am to 4pm

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