The severe rain event over the last few days has caused substantial damage to the road network across Mareeba Shire.
Mayor Tom Gilmore said Council staff are continuing to assess the damage and begin emergency repairs caused by the extreme weather event. “Council is in the process of not only assessing the damage to road infrastructure but commenced emergency repairs, which includes potholes, erosion, bridge and pavement damage and debris clearing,” Cr Gilmore said.
“With many roads only now becoming accessible, it will take a while before we learn the full extent of the damage. However, we expect it to be significant.”
Cr Gilmore said that where possible, Council will carry out emergent works to repair immediate damage to the road network to provide accessibility for affected residents and businesses. “While flood waters may have receded, the condition and strength of the road infrastructure is unknown and has the potential to be extremely dangerous,” Cr Gilmore said.
“This is why our staff are moving swiftly to assess, repair and re-open roads as soon as possible.
“Once again this demonstrates the commitment of Mareeba Shire staff to ensure community safety and the amenity of our Shire,” Cr Gilmore concluded.
Motorists are urged to allow extra travel time, drive to the conditions and do not, under any circumstance drive through flood waters.
Further information visit www.emergency.msc.qld.gov.au