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April 23, 2021

Don’t swim in the Brunswick: Council

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A view of oyster leases in the Brunswick River.
A view of oyster leases in the Brunswick River.

As at 9.45am (Saturday 2 May)

Last night’s storm saw power outages at sewer pump stations at Suffolk Park, Broken Head and Ocean Shores and the Ocean Shores sewer treatment plant (STP).

Power has since been restored to all pump stations except Broken Head Caravan Park.  Work crews are on the way to assist with a pump out truck.  Water at the caravan park will need to be turned off until the power is turned back on.

Council’s director of infrastructure services, Phil Holloway, said power was still off at the Ocean Shores STP and the treatment bypass is going into the Brunswick River.

‘At this stage we do not know when the power will be restored and people are advised not to swim into the Brunswick River today,’ he said.

He said the EPA and NSW Health are being notified of the situation.

Other damage from last nights includes trees down in the northern parts of the shire. The was also minor flooding along minor flooding along Mullumbimby Rd, Main Arm Rd and Myocum Rd.

Mr Holloway reported that these areas should soon be clear.

Roads closed are Upper Wilsons, Pocket, Upper Main Arm, Repentance Creek and Greys Lane.

 

Motorists are urged to drive to conditions and check My Road Info 

(www.myroadinfo.com.au) before venturing out. Do not to drive, walk or cycle through floodwaters.

Since 6pm last night, Byron Council also had numerous reports of water over roads and fallen trees. They include

Water over road:

  • Rajah Road, Ocean Shores
  • Coast Road South of Roseapple
  • Mullumbimby Road
  • Lismore Bangalow Road
  • James Bridge Nashua

Trees over road:

  • Fowlers Lane 
  • Risleys Hill Road
  • Tallowood Cres, Byron Bay
  • Shara Blvd, Ocean Shores
  • Skinners Shoot
  • Brownelle Drive, Wategos

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