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Flood funds bid

Wednesday, 14th March, 2012

 City Council has applied for almost $220,000 in government funding to fix damage caused by the recent floods.

Council became eligible for support after Broken Hill was declared one of seven Local Government Natural Disaster zones last week.

Paul DeLisio, Council’s Manager of Infrastructure, said that he was confident the $216,500 that council applied for would be granted.

“It’s Council’s intention that for the repair work we are undertaking, we would apply for funding assistance to do that,” Mr DeLisio said.

Marooned in a red sea

Tuesday, 6th March, 2012

BIG THRILL: Max Day (3) watches the SES helicopter take off after dropping food supplies at his home on Calindary Station north of Broken Hill. BIG THRILL: Max Day (3) watches the SES helicopter take off after dropping food supplies at his home on Calindary Station north of Broken Hill.

 By Gayle Hogan

Helicopters have been flying to station properties to deliver food to isolated families and to check on livestock after last week’s flooding rain.

The Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) has been helping livestock in distress, with a number of sheep moved from flooded paddocks near Ivanhoe yesterday.

Creek rescues

Wednesday, 29th February, 2012

RIVER STREET: Yesterday’s deluge turned roads into rivers as these photos of Williams Street (above) and Gypsum Street (inset) show. Kindergarten student Jordan Evans (inset) went to school prepared. RIVER STREET: Yesterday’s deluge turned roads into rivers as these photos of Williams Street (above) and Gypsum Street (inset) show. Kindergarten student Jordan Evans (inset) went to school prepared.

Emergency services had their work cut out for them yesterday with 36 call-outs and three rescues after the city received almost 50 millimetres of rain. 

Between 9am and 3pm, 48.6 millimetres of rain was recorded and SES Controller, Darren Larkin, said most of their work involved leaking roofs and sand bagging.

“We also had three flood rescue jobs; one on the Menindee Road, one on the Adelaide Road and one on the Silverton Road. These people were all stranded in creeks,” Mr Larkin said.

High and rising

Monday, 27th February, 2012

As the water rises at Menindee, authorities are preparing to deal with what they say could be the biggest floods in 36 years.

About 31,000 megalitres of water are flowing into the Menindee Lakes every day from the floods in the Gwydir and Border rivers valleys in November. 

But more floods to the north in January have created a second flood peak, now approaching Bourke.

Menindee’s mixed reactions

Monday, 20th February, 2012

NO WORRIES: Maiden’s Hotel licensee Noelene Ratcliff isn’t much worried about the impending floodwaters. NO WORRIES: Maiden’s Hotel licensee Noelene Ratcliff isn’t much worried about the impending floodwaters.

By Emily Roberts

Just how serious the threat from floodwaters coming from the north is in Menindee depends on who you ask in the town.

Maiden’s Hotel licensee, Noelene Ratcliff, has the Darling River near the back door - but she isn’t worried.

“It won’t hit the fence. Before the (levee) bank was put up, the water used to hit the box trees,” Ms Ratcliff said.

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