Lismore clean up could take weeks said Mayor Isaac Smith.
The main CBD block will remain closed until at least Wednesday afternoon. Once this is complete then the clean up will move to the outer CBD.
‘The volume of waste is unprecedented,’ said Smith.
‘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.’
Eighty NSW Fire Service trucks and more than 500 staff will continue hosing out homes and businesses across the city.
Staged rubbish removal
Contractors will remove kerb-side waste from residential areas in stages. Steel and whitegoods will be collected first and must be removed from other waste as they cannot go in landfill.
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.
Bins that have been lost in the flood will be replaced. Phone 1300 87 83 87 to log your details.
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.
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.
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 are continuing to reopen. Currently 19 roads are still not fully open. Road crews are continuing work on Blue Knob Road, on a landslip at Tuntable Falls 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. For road closure updates, visit my road info.
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.
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.
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.
– The Lismore Revolve Shop.
– Brewster Street Drop-off Centre.
– Lismore Library and the Lismore Memorial Baths.
Good news for Goolmangar Public School
After the floods washed through Goolmangar Hall it looked like all the hard work by students at Goolmangar Public School would go to waste. They had been practicing for their end of term performance Seeking Sleeping Beauty but with the hall inundated they thought it would have etc be cancelled.
The community rallied behind the school and got to work.
‘Community members came together during the week and have cleaned up the hall so the performance could go ahead,’ said Principal Rachel Bertuzzi.
Acknowledging everyone for their support she said the show can now ‘go a head come rain, hail or flood’ this evening at 6.30pm.