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Seeking Additional Government Assistance

The Rural City of Wangaratta has requested additional Government support following the heavy rainfall and flash flood event on 13 December 2018.

And Council is urging community members to get in contact with local politicians to get behind the push for additional support.

While some funding was made available in the immediate aftermath of the storms, more is required.

Council has written to politicians including Member for Indi Cathy McGowan, Senator Bridget McKenzie, Victorian Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes and Victorian Shadow Treasurer Michael O'Brien.

Through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements the rigidity of the assessment framework has limited farmers, businesses and Council's ability to access support for the recovery.

Since the event on 13 December, over 100 residents and visitors attended an emergency relief centre and Council has recorded an additional 113 requestes for assistance to properties.

The most significant impact on individuals within our community has been the large amount of debris and dmaged farm fencing that this event has caused. This is particularly the case for rural residents and farmers who have extensive fencing and farmland impacted.

We are seeking any immediate financial assistance that the Federal Government can provide to help support the agricultural sector and re-establish our vibrant community.

Latest Information - Flash Flood Recovery

Information and contacts:

Free disposal of flash flood waste

Council are continuing to provide assistance to those affected by the December flash flooding. However as of 25 January 2019, to be eligible for free flood waste disposal, residents will need to be registered with the Council waste team.

Registration will help us to better manage the incoming waste, which will enable us to recycle as much material as possible.

Please contact Council’s waste team on 5722 0888 to register. Forms are also available on Council’s website www.wangaratta.vic.gov.au

Who to call if you've been impacted by flash flood

If you have experienced damage to personal property as a result of flash flooding, please contact your insurance company in the first instance.

You can also contact Council on 5722 0888 to see what other assistance may be available for your situation. Council is maintaining a Recovery Register and anyone who has not registered can contact Council.

If you need assistance understanding your insurance policy advice can be found at www.understandinsurance.com.au  or contact the Insurance Council of Australia for advice www.insurancecouncil.com.au.

After a flood - returning home safely

Health information, including returning to flood affected homes, pumping of septic tanks, drinking bore water and reducing mosquito numbers.

Damage to Council roads and infrastructure

All flash flooded roads are currently being evaluated by Council. Following this assessment a list of flood damaged road assets will be put out to contract to be funded through the Government's flood recovery grants. We would like to thank road users for their ongoing patience throughout this process.

For damage to Council infrastructure, please contact Council to raise a customer request – either online, email council@wangaratta.vic.gov.au or phone 5722 0888.

Road Closures

Road closures, including Council and VicRoads roads are kept up to date on the Vic Traffic website.

Beechworth-Wangaratta Road update

The Beechworth-Wangaratta Road has reopened with a temporary "Bailey bridge" providing single-lane access for vehicles to a maximum load limit of 15 tonnes. Traffic management is in place, with a speed limit of 10km/h over the bridge. Heavy vehicle detours remain in place for vehicles over 15 tonnes and wide loads, via the Buckland Gap Road or the Hume Freeway via Chiltern. Major repairs to the bridge are set to begin in the coming months. 

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