Rain digs in potholes

THE rain early this week has exacerbated some of the damage done to roads in heavy downpours at the start of the year, but has not caused much significant damage, according to Bundaberg Regional Council.

Council roads and drainage portfolio spokesman Wayne Honor said there were many routine issues to deal with following Wednesday's rain — the wettest August day since 1887 — but no serious damage.

“The worst affected areas are those that had already been affected by the large event earlier this year,” he said.

Cr Honor said the council had made emergency repairs to the worst affected areas.

He said the council had submitted an application under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery arrangements to fund the full cost of fixing the damage.

“Once the application is approved the council will work to permanently correct the defects,” Cr Honor said.

“In the meantime the council will continue to monitor these areas and respond to customer requests.”

Cr Honor said anyone who had trouble spots to report should phone 1300 883 699 and the complaint would be logged into the system.

The caller would be given a number so the progress of the report could be tracked.

The council estimated the rain at the beginning of the year would cost about $5 million to fix.

Cr Honor said at the time there had been a significant amount of damage across the region, with coastal areas the worst hit.

On the Wallaville-Goondoon road alone, about $450,000 damage was caused to one culvert by floodwaters washing over it.

Although the council is hoping to get funds from the disaster relief fund, the money would only become available after the council had spent $404,000 on road repairs itself.

Cr Honor said it cost about $200,000 to lay a kilometre of bitumen.

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