Council crews have been busy inspecting and cleaning up more than 700 km of roads and nearly 200 bridges, culverts and fords in Mitchell Shire following storms that hit the area earlier this month.
The December 1-3 storms caused flash flooding and road closures across the shire, with the worst damage around Whiteheads Creek, Highlands and Seymour, as well as the parts of Avenel and Mangalore that are in Mitchell Shire.
There were also call outs in other locations such as Tallarook, Broadford and Clonbinane, with 117 requests in total.
About 200 mm of rain fell in the Goulburn River catchment, damaging several houses and closing 15 local roads at its peak.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said Council was focusing its attention on the areas which were the most affected by the storms.
‘‘We’ve re-opened all of the roads and we’re prioritising repairs to those areas that are known to have received the highest rainfall and those roads, bridges and culverts that are known to have been significantly inundated,’’ Cr Sanderson said.
‘‘Our crews have been out over the past couple of weeks clearing flood debris that has been trapped against bridges and culverts, as well as clearing blocked drainage pits and pipes.
‘‘As the affected areas dry out, we get a better picture of what damage has been caused by the floods and our crews are in the process of undertaking any repairs that are needed.
‘‘We would like to thank the community for their patience while road closures were in place during the storm event and, for the most part, obeying safety directions to not enter flood waters.’’