Heavy rainfall in many areas across the MidCoast has taken a significant toll on local roads and bridges, with MidCoast Council crews continuing to prioritise repairs in order to address road safety across the region, and reinstate access to properties.
On call teams worked through the weekend to install closure signage, establish detours, remove debris, and provide temporary repairs where possible. Crews are now continuing on the ground to address the most critical defects as their first priority.
"Ensuring residents can get to and from their homes safely is our primary concern, but the extent of the damage caused in the past few days means we can't get to everyone's road immediately", Rob Scott of MidCoast Council.
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"Once we can restore access across all impacted areas, crews will move onto addressing more widespread pot hole repairs."
Rainfall on the MidCoast over the past week exceeded the total received in the entire 2019 year period. Damage to roads and bridges was sustained across the whole region with closures including the Bight Bridge in Wingham, Possum Brush Road, Shorts Road, Yarratt Road, Peter Garret Bridge, Mooral Creek Bridge, Failford Road, and The Lakes Way at Tallanbah Point to name just a few.
A culvert that washed out on Craven Close in Gloucester, leaving residents stranded, was responded to quickly by council's road maintenance and water services teams.
"Temporary repairs were made at the site to provide access, and water crews fixed the water main that had been taken out", Mr Scott said.
"This is a really good example of why no one should ever drive through floodwater, as you can't see what is happening under the water".
Locals are reminded to visit www.myroadinfo.com.au or download the mobile app, for the most up-to-date information related to road closures across the MidCoast region.
To report damage, complete the 'report and request' form on Council's website, www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/report.