THE SIMEON LORD Room at Somerset Regional Council Chambers in Esk during the floods.
THE SIMEON LORD Room at Somerset Regional Council Chambers in Esk during the floods.

Council back in business

SOMERSET Regional Council has taken another step back to normal business, after they returned to their regular meeting room last week.

The Simeon Lord Room and Library in the Somerset Regional Council Chambers in Esk were underwater during the floods in January.

Somerset Regional Mayor, Graeme Lehmann said it was a good feeling to have their council meeting back in the room.

“It's good to have it up and running again and it was a bit of a problem for the recovery process because that room is the centre we would have been using to organise recovery and when it got flooded we were right behind the eight ball,” he said.

“It turned out it didn't have a big impact on us as councillors because we were all stuck in different places anyway.”

Cr Lehmann said the damage to the room and library was extensive.

“All the wiring points for the computers were damaged and of course the library lost all their books,” he said.

“All the carpets had to be replaced and there are a lot of books in the library that will have to be restocked, which costs money.

“It's great to have the Simeon Lord Room functional again, because that room is used for a lot of people and other community meetings.”

He said the area would take a long time to recover from flood damage.

“The hard thing about it is the enormity of thing and how it affected how we do basic things day to day,” he said.

“I think it has brought people a lot closer together and I just hope this is the worst we ever get.

“Hopefully if we plan for something of this enormity we should be covered in the future.”

Cr Lehmann thanked Somerset residents for being patient throughout the recovery and rebuilding process.


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