Richmond River Country Council engineer Bill Moorhouse and president John Chant with the crack in the levee wall.
Richmond River Country Council engineer Bill Moorhouse and president John Chant with the crack in the levee wall.

Levee wall cracks under pressure

A crack in the levee wall at the back of the Newtrain building (the old Lismore Club) in Club Lane indicates the riverbank has moved and Richmond River County Council is now waiting on an engineering report to determine what to do.

Richmond River County Council engineer Bill Moorhouse, who was involved in the building of the levee wall and is responsible for checking and maintaining it, first noticed the crack last August.

“He put some fill in it and monitored it every month but it’s widened to such an extent and you can see a lean on the back wall,” council chairman John Chant said. “This section of the levee is particularly vulnerable as it is right on the edge of the riverbank and directly opposite the flow of water from Leycester Creek... It’s where the river comes straight down before doing a hard turn, so it takes the full brunt of the water coming down.”

Richmond River County Council has engaged Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation to carry out a survey and come back with report outlining the best options.

The report is expected in three to four weeks.

In the meantime a big pile of rocks is being put at the back of the old RSL building that could be moved into place if a major flood was imminent.

“To minimise access inconvenience this bank will only be constructed when a flood warning is announced. This temporary levee can be put in place within hours,” Cr Chant said.


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