Belongil rock wall not so badly damaged after all
BYRON'S million dollar rock wall at Belongil Beach may not be as badly damaged as first appeared
Byron Shire Council's director of infrastructure services Phil Holloway said the Belongil coastline had lost sand at the Manfred Street interim rock wall as a result of the weekend storm event.
But from a preliminary inspection, it appears that the protection works held up well with the integrity of the structure including wall ends, toe and main armour preserved.
"As is to be expected with such a severe weather event, sand was lost along with the dune vegetation and the biodegradable matting that was part of the site rehabilitation," he said.
"Some of the small rocks that were used to secure the matting have also shifted. These rocks are not part of the protective rock armoury.
"Staff will be removing the matting and small rocks as soon as possible.
"From a structural perspective, the small rocks are not a concern."
Over at New Brighton there is a one metre drop off from minor scarping has occurred as a result of sand loss.
Main Beach Byron Bay has seen significant sand loss and exposed some geobags at the Surf Club. Damage to landscaping has occurred and the car park requires clean-up.
One of the major casualites in Byron Shire is O'Meara's Bridge.
"At this stage, it is anticipated that the most affected site is the O'Mearas Bridge which unfortunately will need to be temporally closed," Mr Holloway said.
A large amount of debris has gathered at the bridge structure and will need to be removed so the bridge can again be formally assessed for possible structural damage.
Mr Holloway said the flooded river had overtopped the bridge by about 500mm and a large amount of debris, some in excess of 300mm in diameter, needed to be carefully removed.
Emergency services have been alerted. Council staff are in the process of contacting nearby property owners and putting in signage in place at the bridge approaches.
A number of roads were closed with water over them over the weekend and several are still closed now. Roads still closed include Upper Wilsons Creek Rd and Kennedy Lane. Staff are continuing to complete inspections and will be progressively updating My RoadInfo http://www.myroadinfo.com.au
Byron Shire also saw a significant number of trees come down and staff are continuing to clear debris from roads from drains, creeks and waterways.
In particular dirt and debris from upslope batters came down onto Goonengerry Rd and Coolamon Scenic Dr at Montecollum. There has been some erosion at Coolamon Scenic Drive, and staff are completing further inspections today.
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