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Lismore flood alert: Browns Creek pumps fail

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Lismore's Browns Creek Pumping Station. Photo James O'Brien
Lismore’s Browns Creek Pumping Station. Photo James O’Brien

The NSW SES Lismore City Unit has stated that with uncertainty over the amount of rainfall expected over the next three days and damage to Browns Creek pumps, there is a higher probability for flash flooding in the Lismore basin in coming days.

One of Lismore City Council’s pumps is not working and the other is partially functional following the major flood event in March that caused severe damage to the machinery.

With more heavy rain predicted in the next 48 hours, it is likely that the Browns Creek floodgate will need to be closed.

SES members are door knocking in the basin area and parts of East Lismore with more detailed information.

The SES advises residents in Brewster Street, Dawson Street, the lower end of Uralba Street, Ballina Road opposite the netball courts, Wyrallah Road near the Esmonde Street roundabout and around Wyrallah Road Shopping as well as the lower end of Avondale Avenue and First Avenue to monitor drains and be prepared to enact emergency plans if needed.

Lismore City Council is working with Fire & Rescue NSW to arrange a large pump to be brought up from Sydney to assist.

‘We hope that is can be here ASAP, and that will certainly alleviate the situation,’ said the council’s local emergency management officer Scott Turner.

‘We will continue to monitor the situation and we ask both residents and business owners to heed to advice from SES personnel who are out in the field.’

For detailed weather information and ongoing updates, visit www.bom.gov.au and www.ses.nsw.gov.au.


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  1. Over 8 weeks since the last flood event and the pumps remain largely inoperable….one would have thought at the very least an alternative pump would have been here on the ground and operating not LCC working towards getting one here.
    Obviously what is needed is senior council staff living in the immediate area and that way there may be some forward thinking and planning.


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