$ 1⁄ mil. flood dam­age claim 2

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

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.

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