Flood road re­pairs on the go

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.’’

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