Flood road repairs on the go
Emergency repairs and detailed assessments of flood and storm damaged roads in the Mitchell Shire Council have been completed, with the remainder of repair works to begin soon.
Council crews inspected and cleaned-up more than 700 km of roads and nearly 200 bridges, culverts and fords following severe flash flooding in December.
Early repairs focused on priority areas such as those that blocked vehicle access or access to properties. Inspections revealed up to 500 other sections of roads and drains that need repairing following the storms, and these are currently being finalised to be completed using National Disaster Relief and Recovery Assistance funding.
Works on these areas are expected to start in March.
Mitchell Shire chief executive officer David Turnbull said crews and contractors had worked hard to repair flood and storm damaged roads and continue regular scheduled road maintenance and grading at the same time.
‘‘With such a large road network and some significant flood and storm damage caused, especially in the northern parts of our shire, it has taken some time to complete detailed assessments of the road and drain network and complete priority works,’’ Mr Turnbull said.
‘‘We’ve also had many other smaller storms that have caused significant damage and required immediate response and assessment.
‘‘This volume of flood recovery works and other storm damage has impacted slightly on our regular proactive road maintenance programs and we are working hard to get these works returned to our routine scheduling.’’
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson thanked the community for their patience.
‘‘Council would like to thank residents for their patience while these works have been undertaken and also while we have worked to secure disaster relief funding to complete the remaining repairs,’’ Cr Sanderson said.
‘‘Once finalised, we look forward to seeing the remainder of these works completed.’’