Euroa recovery workers praised

December 04, 2017

State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan yesterday called for the town to receive recovery funding following the weekend’s record floods. Following the almost 150 mm of rain Euroa copped during the weekend, Ms Ryan said funding was needed for roads, bridges and community infrastructure.

She thanked the Euroa State Emergency Service, Country Fire Authority and volunteers for their efforts during the weekend. She said some had worked around the clock at the weekend’s heaviest points, with parts of the Strathbogie Ranges receiving 190 mm of rainfall on Friday night, causing major flooding on the Sevens and Castle creeks.

‘‘The response to the floods was managed entirely by local volunteers,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘The best of our community was on show, from volunteers from the Euroa SES unit who worked throughout Friday and into Saturday before being relieved by outside crews, to the Euroa CFA and the dedicated community members who threw themselves into sand bagging on Saturday morning as the floodwater rose.’’

Ms Ryan said roads across the Strathbogie Shire had suffered extensive flood damage and council engineers would be assessing bridges once the floodwaters had receded.

‘‘Some parts of the Strathbogie Ranges like Galls Gap Rd resemble the bottom of a creek bed with washouts, large rocks and mounds of sediment covering the road,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘It will take some time to assess the full extent of the damage, but it is already apparent that funding from the Victorian Government will be required to assist with repairs.’’

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