Flood damage forces Bellingen to apply for disaster relief

Flood damage created a serious driver hazard on Kalang Road.
Flood damage created a serious driver hazard on Kalang Road.

THE RECENT flood event may have only lasted two days but left its mark in the Bellingen Local Government Area.

Inspections reveal major damage has been sustained to the road and bridge network and initial estimates put the repair bill in excess of $4.5 million.

Kalang Road is worst-affected with three road slips, two damaged culverts and major damage to Cooks Creek Bridge.

Road slips include two on Gordonville Road, one on Promised Land Loop Road and four on Darkwood Road.

Council will be making application for Natural Disaster Declaration to help cover the repair costs.

Each of these roads are major traffic hubs for the local communities and every effort is being made to minimise disruption and coordinate communication between residents, school bus services and emergency services.

A temporary bridge is being constructed alongside the existing Cooks Bridge on Kalang Road and changes to school bus drop off and pick-ups have been made.

Other locations have signage, give way signs and one lane closures where required.

The final damage bill cannot be finalised until geotechnical investigation and engineering designs have been completed.

In the meantime Bellingen Shire Council will continue to provide updates to affected residents.

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