Rain causes damage to roads, drains

Recent rainfalls have caused more than $270,000 damage to roads and drains throughout the Byron Shire.
The council’s director of asset management, Phil Holloway, said that as late as last Thursday, staff were busy fixing the washed out Jarretts Road at Goonengerry and flushing out drains blocked with debris around the shire.
"Significant rainfall is normal at this time of year, however, dealing with the volume and cost of damage is unknown until after the event,” he said
Over the past several weeks, council staff have been called out at all hours of the night to close roads and assess road damage.
"Byron Shire has significant ageing infrastructure and with increased rainfall, the repair costs add up quickly," Mr Holloway said.
"Whilst the rain damage over the Easter period is substantial, it is not significant enough to apply for increased State funding under the Natural Disaster Program and repair costs will come out of ordinary operating budgets.
"The community has been supportive in alerting us to areas of damage and we particularly thank them for alerting us to areas with possible safety issues.
"Works from the 2005 Natural Disaster Funding have been completed except for Lighthouse Road. The complexity of the Lighthouse Road site and damage has resulted in it becoming a separate project.
"Similarly the 2006 Natural Disaster Funding works have been completed except for works tied up with the acquisition of land on Wilson Creek Road." .

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