Council counting the cost of storm damage

Alpine Shire Council has been busy assessing damage to infrastructure throughout the shire following last Tuesday’s storm.

Areas of the Alpine Shire experienced very heavy rain and Council’s Acting Manager Asset Maintenance Rory Hazeldine said the deluge caused serious issues in Eurobin, Porepunkah, Buffalo River and parts of the Kiewa Valley.

“The Alpine Shire experienced an enormous downpour last Tuesday which caused significant damage in certain areas around the shire,” he said.

“Our crews were out first thing on Wednesday morning assessing the damage and making sure that any dangerous obstacles, such as tree branches, were removed.”

Mr Hazeldine said the damage bill is estimated at in excess of $200,000 and repair works would begin as soon as possible.

“We’ve had 25 incidents reported in the Kiewa Valley, 63 in the Ovens Valley from Bright through to Nug Nug and Havilah,” Mr Hazeldine said.

“These incidents include general clean-ups, blocked culverts and drains, vegetation needing clearing and several roads needing grading and gravel re-sheeting.

“We will now go through the list of priorities and works will commence as soon as possible.”

Residents are being encouraged to contact Council on (03) 5755 0555 if they have any concerns regarding storm damage to infrastructure.

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