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Whole trees and large rocks are strewn across Koonorigan Road after land slips caused by last week’s rain. Photo Tree Faerie.

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Residents of Koonorigan found themselves cut off by road after last week’s weather event when sections Koonorigan Road were covered in debris from landslips.

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Sections of the road appear to be unstable and police have warned sightseers to avoid the area. Photo Tree Faerie.

Heavy rains saw two major slips and smaller slips on the hills in the area.

A section two kilometres from Nimbin Road has covered a large area of the road and it is expected to be weeks before the rubble can be cleared. Trees, rocks and tonnes of mud slipped from the hill and spilled over the road and continued into the gully.

Another smaller land slip about a kilometre from the Tuntable Creek Road had residents cut off entirely at both ends until it was cleared over the weekend. The section is passable only to small vehicles and local traffic.

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A smaller slip at the northern end of Koonorigan Road was cleared allowing locals to move in and out of the village. Photo Tree Faerie.

Police have warned sightseers that the area is possibly still unstable and have placed a road block north of the slip.

Water is still gushing from areas along the hillside above the road and it is possible that it could undermine the tarmac and that further slips of mud and rock could occur if rain continues. The verge appears unstable in several places

 

 

Photos Tree Faerie


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