Flood recovery, clean-up to take months

The recovery process and clean-up from last week’s floods in the Ovens and Kiewa Valley is expected to take several months and cost an estimated $900,000.

The Myrtleford Recovery Centre processed approximately 80 people last week.

Manager Community Services Trevor Britten believes that the actual number of people evacuated could be much higher.

“There could be up to 60 people that were evacuated who did not contact the Myrtleford Recovery Centre, but stayed with family and friends,” he said.

“Many were evacuated from around the Ovens area, with those near Happy Valley Creek badly affected.

"We found temporary accommodation for 45 displaced persons.

"We urge those who were affected to let us know, either at the Myrtleford Recovery Centre or at the Council Offices.

“We can provide a more coordinated recovery response if we know how people have been affected.

"More people were affected in the Ovens Valley but the majority of the damage has occurred in the Kiewa Valley, especially to farm business with pumps flooded, springs blocked with silt, erosion, fences damaged and debris strewn over pastures.”

The floods caused approximately 15 road closures last week, with many damaged significantly.

Manager Engineering and Assets Andrew Taylor said making the roads passable was a priority.

“The intensity of the rain turned many of our creeks into rivers,” he said.

“This brought a lot of debris and silt to culverts, causing the water to rise to the road’s surface and lift up the edges of some of our roads.

"Council is thankful for the efforts of contractors who are helping make the roads passable.

"This is our number one priority from a clean-up perspective.

“Then we will have to clear silt and debris from drains and culverts, replace damaged culverts, examine affected bridges, and re-surface our roads.

"The intensity of the rain caused the flooding.

"The Kiewa Valley received up to 160mm in one day, but we believe it was mostly in a four hour period.”

Mr Taylor added that the Myrtleford Flood Deviation Channel worked well.

Those requiring assistance should contact Council on (03) 5755 0555, or attend one of the Recovery Centres during opening hours.

Representatives from the Department of Human Services, Gateway Community Health Service and Alpine Shire Council will be available for those in need.

Venue Address Date Time
Myrtleford Senior Citizens Centre Smith Street, Myrtleford Thursday 16 December 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Dederang Recreation Reserve Multipurpose Building Kiewa Valley Highway, Dederang Friday 17 December 2:00m – 5:00pm
Mount Beauty Community Centre Kiewa Crescent, Mount Beauty Friday 17 December 9:00am – 12:30pm

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