$ 1⁄ mil. flood damage claim 2
Berrigan Shire Council has made an application for up to $500,000 in government flood assistance.
Shire director technical services Fred Exton said there is not yet any indication as to whether the application will be approved by the NSW Government.
Mr Exton said some of the repairs to council assets, mostly in the Tocumwal area, will rely on the funding application.
However, he said remediation works required for safety reasons would be undertaken immediately.
‘‘I believe the river levels are going to drop quickly from now on, which has allowed us to re-open the Lower River Rd and Taylor’s Rd,’’ Mr Exton said.
‘‘There is a lot of damage in those areas though and we have made an application or flood assistance grants.
‘‘We need to replace the gravel on the roads, and the concrete causeway has come apart a bit as a result of being under water for almost two weeks.
‘‘We have already started grading the roads and we are doing what we can to make the causeway safe.
‘‘All the debris, including some large logs, has already been removed.’’
At Tocumwal, the Murray peaked at 7.37m around October 12, just above major flood level of 7.3m.
Yesterday, it was at just over 5m and falling.
The effects of the floods will still be felt for several weeks, with water inundating businesses and farms.
With private flood banks breaking on several properties, significant areas of crops and pastures have been destroyed.