Detailed flood assessing
Federation Council is continuing to assess the financial impact of the flood event, following advice of Natural Disaster Relief assistance for the council area.
Council’s assessment of $M4.72 has been submitted for funding, mainly covering extensive road damage to rural roads throughout the council area.
“An insurance claim will also need to be made for damage to community buildings and this is still under investigation,” Federation Council’s Interim General Manager Chris Gillard said at yesterday’s monthly meeting of council.
Council’s Director Engineering Nigel Sutton said council is required to individually itemise each of the impacted sites and estimate the cost of restoration.
“This process is underway and details will be submitted to Roads & Maritime Services (RMS),” he said. “A schedule of works will be issued by RMS to formally document the scope and value of the work approved under the claim.”
Council is required to make a contribution of $116,000 towards the damages. The remainder of the damages will be claimed through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
“The NDRRA provides for only like for like and does not fund upgrades,” Mr Sutton said.
“Additionally, these funds can be used only on essential services like roads and does not fund repair to parks and associated community facilities.”
During the height of the flooding, Federation Council patrolled the road network to address safety issues and provide warnings about water over the road and closing certain roads were appropriate.
Staff were also involved in managing the conditions in the Corowa Civic Centre precinct.
“Some emergency repair work was carried out on Mahonga Road, Urangeline Road and Nowranie Road pending permanent restoration,” the Director Engineering said.
Council’s sealed road patching work program has been constrained because of the wet conditions.
“Patching has been carried out when possible with priority given to defects on the busiest roads in the network,” Mr Sutton said.
“Customer requests in Corowa, Mulwala and Howlong responding to storm damage from wind storms, resulting in fallen trees and branches over roads, were attended to.”
Federation Shire received extensive flood damage in October. Photo by Tony Reeckman.