Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Flood damage at $2 million - mayor

New Norfolk resident Roger Green looking out over flooded
Tynwald Park from his backyard last Friday.
DAMAGE from last week's floods in the Derwent Valley was estimated at $2 million, mayor Martyn Evans said yesterday. "Assessments are still under way for all council roads and other infrastructure," Cr Evans said.

With damaged and destroyed bridges and other infrastructure, flooded roads and inundated parks and reserves, Derwent Valley Council staff had worked tirelessly over the weekend to assist residents and safely re-open as many roads as possible, he said

"Staff continue to work with state and support agencies to help people impacted by the recent flood event. Council officers are following through with clean-ups, safety assessments and restoration. Crews are prioritising urgent requests and will attend when they are able."

Cr Evans said a number of park and road closures remained in place across the municipality. "Council urges residents to stay away from affected areas until flood waters recede and to proceed with caution, obey all signage and traffic measures when driving in areas which have been affected by flooding," he said.

"Council officers are discussing with representatives from State Government the implementation of a recovery package and will provide details as soon as possible.  We appreciate that there are many people in our community who wish to help in this time of need, and ask that you contact community service providers who will be coordinating a response."

The mayor urged everyone to keep notice of the road closure details found at www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts and to keep up-to-date with local updates on the Derwent Valley Council Facebook page and website.

Cr Evans said the council thanked all volunteers, SES, police, fire service and ambulance officers for their dedication and service during this period.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Ed,
    I, as no doubt others, would like to know how permission was given by Council and others to build houses in what could be deemed a flood zone i.e. houses built beside the Lachlan Creek, sorry River, on Lower Road. As a nearly 63 year old resident of this town I have witnessed what can and has happened in the past week with said Creek and others around the District from flooding after heavy rains or melting snow from further up stream. A once in a lifetime event I don’t think so. I commented to others when the first house was built in this area, Lower Road, that "this would be one of the last places I would build a house given what I had seen in the past".

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