Flood relief to flow
FOR the second time in as many months, the Clarence Valley has been declared a natural disaster zone.
Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan has confirmed that the natural disaster zone has been extended to include the Clarence Valley.
“The damage caused by floods is often difficult to comprehensively assess immediately. Clarence Valley Council has now reported significant levels of damage, particularly to roads,” Mr Whan said.
Clarence Mayor Richie Williamson is thankful for the declaration, although the full extent of the damage is not yet known.
“We are still assessing the amount of damage to Clarence Valley roads, however, the waters have not receded enough to allow our engineers to examine the extent of damage,” he said.
“We have seen significant damage in the Glenreagh area in particularly the Sherwood Creek Road landslip.”
When the Valley was declared a natural disaster zone in February, the Clarence Valley Council received $500,000 in aid to repair public infrastructure.
“This time, we expect funding to be significantly higher due to the amount of water and the widespread damage,” Cr Williamson said.