Emergency repair works to Emily Street in Seymour will start today and continue tomorrow, following significant flood damage to the main entrance road into the town.
Regional Roads Victoria crews will be on site between 7am and 4pm each day, near the intersection of Tierney Street, to clear debris and lay a new road surface at the location.
A lane closure and traffic management will be in place during the works.
Drivers are asked to observe road work signs and take extra care when travelling through the area.
Department of Transport Hume regional director Steve Bowmaker said hundreds of crews had already undertaken more than 500 individual inspections, found and fixed more than 25,000 potholes and attended more than 20 landslips right across Victoria.
“We’ve got crews working around the clock to re-open roads right across Victoria – including in Seymour – to keep communities connected in the wake of damage caused by recent flooding and extreme rainfall,” he said.
“As part of this effort, we’ll be out on-site to rebuild a severely damaged section of road on Emily Street so that we can restore access for the Seymour community.
“This is part of a broad package of work, and our crews have been out clearing flood-affected roads, undertaking emergency repairs and have already made significant progress on the Hume Freeway, the Goulburn Valley Freeway and the Murray Valley Highway.”
As part of a State Government $165 million emergency response package, crews are undertaking repair works on roads damaged by flooding.
The works include finding and fixing potholes, asphalting and repairing road surfaces damaged by floods.
The package will also cover larger-scale works like the rebuilding of roads, bridges and culverts.
Regional Roads Victoria said if a road to someone’s property was closed, it was because it had not yet been declared safe.
The road authority also reminded people that warmer, drier weather was needed to be able to deliver long-term repairs that would last, as it was not practical to deliver major works like rebuilding during wet weather.
Drivers are asked to take extra care when travelling on the road network, particularly in areas affected by severe flooding.
People who come across damage on roads are encouraged to report it by calling Regional Roads Victoria on 133 778.
Defence Force personnel arrived in Seymour yesterday to assist the community with clean-up.
Seymour police have thanked the people, businesses, community groups and organisations for volunteering their time, resources, money and energy to contribute to the clean up and support those who are affected by the floods.
They specifically gave a shout-out to Seymour SES; Seymour CFA; Seymour Football Netball Club; Rotary Club of Seymour; Lions Club of Seymour Goulburn; IGA Seymour; Salvation Army; St Vincent De Paul; Red Cross; Nexus Primary Health; Mitchell Shire Council.
Business support meeting
Mitchell Shire Council is hosting a support meeting for flood-impacted businesses across the shire on Thursday.
Businesses can find out the latest information on support services available and it will be an opportunity to connect with council services.
The meeting will be at Salvation Army Hall, 8-10 Victoria Street, Seymour, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
People can register at https://bit.ly/floodbusinessmeeting.
Second flood recovery meeting
A second flood recovery meeting yesterday gave residents an update on the flood situation at Seymour, and the clean-up efforts that are underway.
Emergency Recovery Victoria has started collecting flood waste from kerbsides.
Council has partnered with Emergency Management Victoria Clean to collect waste from the front of flood-affected properties.
People can register for assistance at https://bit.ly/FloodWasteRemoval or call 5734 6200.
The State Government has waived tip fees for flood-affected property owners.
Council also warned people that flood waters could carry harmful bacteria from sewage contamination that comes from toilets, bathrooms, laundries and kitchens.
If exposed to direct contact it could transmit disease and cause illness, so personal hygiene is strongly recommended, using protective clothing, throw away contaminated materials, and disinfect surfaces.
For more information on returning home safely, visit https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/After-a-flood-returning-home-safely.
People who have lost a pet or animal as a result of the flooding can contact the Local Laws Missing Pets number on 0476 673 481.
Council can also help assist with livestock disposal on private property if needed.
Council has a dedicated webpage to the floods at https://www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au/services/october-floods.
Several roads have started reopen across the shire. Full list: https://www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au/services/october-floods/road-closures-due-to-october-floods.
Online donation platform GIVIT is organising donations of items, services and money for people impacted by the floods across Victoria. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3yORATq.
People can also donate to the Salvation Army.