Byron escapes tornado damage
While last Thursday’s wild weather led to massive rainfalls and minor flooding, the Byron Shire largely escaped the destructive fury of the tornado which hit Lennox Head causing massive damage to property.
Byron Council’s executive manager of community infrastructure, Phil Holloway, welcomed the State Government declaring the shire eligible for natural disaster funding.
He said the shire was extremely fortunate compared with the storm event of May 2009, but as a result of the rain, Goonengerry Road had sustained significant damage including landslips.
He said the road had been closed until further notice.
Council staff have carried out a visual and geotechnical assessment of the area, and repair costs for Goonengerry Road are likely to reach $500,000.
At Lennox Head, 12 homes sustained major damage and 30 others were affected, with the tornado causing millions of dollars damage after hitting the town at 7.30 am.
Premier Kristina Keneally declared the Ballina Shire a natural disaster area.