Although the skies have been clear, planning for the next flood event is never put off with Narrabri Shire Council staff currently conducting general maintenance works on the Wee Waa Levee Bank in preparation for the next flooding event.
A report was sent to the Ordinary February Council meeting outlining the latest findings from a NSW Public Works Advisory report that identified a number of potential risks with erosion, damage from animals and consolidation of soil on the Wee Waa levee. Council operational staff inspect the levee structure quarterly whilst engineering staff inspect the levee on an annual basis. Every five years, Council engages the NSW Public Works Advisory to conduct a comprehensive independent assessment that provides recommendations to Council.
“The recommendations were presented to Council but staff are already working to alleviate any of the unacceptable risks in the short term,” explained Director Infrastructure Delivery Darren Raeck. “The higher level identified risks are being addressed immediately whilst the lower risk actions will be programmed according to funds and works schedules to ensure the integrity of the embankment is maintained.”
“The importance of the Wee Waa levee cannot be underestimated and Council takes great care in ensuring that the levee is up to a standard that will keep the township safe in the event of severe flooding.”
“Although some risks were identified, the report found that the Wee Waa levee appears to be in good condition, showing that our current maintenance schedule for this structure is working effectively,” concluded Darren Raeck.