RVC crews begin road repairs following recent flooding
Richmond Valley Council is estimating up to 10 million dollars’ worth of damage to roads has occurred during the two recent flooding events, which severely impacted the local area. Given the size of the second flood event, the Richmond Valley got off relatively lightly compared to what was being experienced in neighbouring areas to our north. Coraki, Bora Ridge, Bungawalbin, Moonem and Swan Bay were the worst affected areas. Now flood waters have receded, RVC crews are attending to the repair of roads and other critical infrastructure. The most common damage has been to sealed and unsealed roads, bridge approaches, and causeways and culverts. Council is seeking interim support from the Roads and Maritime Services to get repairs underway as soon as possible. A full claim will be lodged under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. Emergency work has been carried out on most bus routes, however, important thoroughfares such as Swan Bay-New Italy Road, Moonem-New Italy Road, Reardons Lane, Boggy Creek Road, and Myall Creek Road are in need of urgent repairs.