De­tailed flood as­sess­ing

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

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.

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