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Tocumwal levee to be done by April

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February 10, 2017

Tocumwal’s newly funded flood levee upgrade is set to be finished by April.

Berrigan Shire Council was awarded $123000 in NSW Government funding to complete the project, which was promised soon after the October/November Murray River flood dissipated.

Berrigan Shire corporate services director Matthew Hansen said it was awarded under the ClubGRANTS category three funding stream, and that design work had already begun.

‘‘A narrow trench will be dug through the levee and filled to form a concrete core,’’ Mr Hansen said.

‘‘In addition to the grant, council is investing its own funds into the project.

‘‘It should be finished with little disruption to the use of the foreshore.’’

Significant rainfall caused flooding along the Murray River in October, with high water levels lingering for several weeks.

At Tocumwal, the Murray River peaked at 7.37m around October 12, just above major flood level of 7.3m.

Several local caravan parks and other tourist businesses were inundated and forced to close, with the floodwater close to breaching the flood levee at the Tocumwal foreshore.

The force of floodwater also caused devastation in several rural areas.

—Kacee Johnston

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