Assessing road damage extent

December 07, 2017

The Seven Creek floods Mitchell Rd at Kialla on December 4.

Greater Shepparton City Council will need to wait until water recedes to assess the scale of road damage caused by recent record breaking flooding.

And then, a hefty amount of infrastructure assessment will start, including 677 sections of road, 23 bridges, 33 major culverts and 1152 minor culverts that all need to be assessed.

The council yesterday said it was keen to assess these roads as quickly as possible to ensure they could be repaired, re-opened and safe travel could resume. As floodwaters recede, the next two weeks will be spent assessing the impact.

City engineer Phil Hoare said some minor roads in the municipality were flooded, mostly in rural areas.

Shepparton experienced 66mm of rain across the three days to Sunday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Most of this fell on the Saturday, marking the heaviest daily December rainfall on record in 22 years.

Mostly southern areas of the city were affected in the deluge, with Mr Hoare indicating there may be damage yet to be fully assessed.

‘‘Council has identified a number of roads that may be damaged but until the water recedes it will be difficult to ascertain the extent of the damage,’’ Mr Hoare said.

‘‘While Shepparton missed the bulk of the rain, there has been an impact primarily in the southern part of the municipality.

‘‘The main areas affected adjoin the Strathbogie Shire, from the eastern to the western boundary.’’

Mr Hoare said the council was aware farmers would soon be harvesting and relied on the roads for transport and access to paddocks.

‘‘We will need to do remedial repairs with our crews commencing as soon as possible.’’

Following the weekend rain, Mr Hoare said some crews had worked around the clock attending to road closures and fallen trees.

While largely remaining an unknown, he said indications pointed to the level of damage being higher than that of a regular rain event, but did not expect closed roads to remain that way for much longer.

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