Receding floodwaters signal start of roads recovery

Gunnedah Shire Council

The receding floodwater is revealing significant damage to Gunnedah Shire’s bridges, roads, footpaths, parks, sporting grounds, causeways and other infrastructure.

Gunnedah Shire Council crews are working tirelessly to attend to damage and allow roads to re-open, but due to the high volume of requests, it will be a long process, and Council is calling for people to remain patient.

Gunnedah Shire Council Director Infrastructure Services Jeremy Bartlett said the damage to the road network was likely to be significant.

“We are asking for people to be patient as we assess the few thousand kilometres of road that make up Gunnedah Shire’s network,” Mr Bartlett said.

“A huge volume of water has swept over the roads during this natural disaster, and we are working to assess the damage, ensure the immediate safety of our road users, and repair roads as they dry out. This will be a long process, and it will take weeks and in some cases, months.

“We are looking to prioritise roads that have heavy use.

“We would like to thank those who have already reported potential hazards caused by flooding. That information is useful when it is hard for us to reach locations that are isolated.

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