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Flash Flooding Declared a Natural Disaster Event

The advice that the flash flooding event on Friday, 29 March 2019 has been declared a natural disaster is welcome news for the Warrumbungle Shire Council and its residents. 

The Australian Government and the NSW Government have now recognised that the extraordinary rainfall event and the damage that it caused to roads and property will be declared as a natural disaster. The declaration makes Council and farmers eligible to receive financial assistance to restore damaged infrastructure caused by the flash flooding.

“Locals will recall the intense and unprecedented rainfall on Friday, 29 March 2019 and the havoc that it caused damage to over 40 different roads throughout the Shire,” said Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Denis Todd. “The heavy water flows from the flash flood overflowed road drainage systems causing damage to culverts and causeways.”

“The cost to repair the damage to road infrastructure is estimated to be $577,000. Roads all over the Shire were damaged, but Moorefield Road south of Coolah was particularly hard hit and the damage bill for that road alone is around $250,000” said Cr Todd.

“The NSW Government will assist the affected communities with clean-up operations and repairs to public infrastructure. Assistance measures available for communities affected may include help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged; support for affected local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets; concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and non­profit organisations; freight subsidies for primary producers; and grants to eligible non-profit organisations.”

“Now that the event has been declared a natural disaster, the detail of Council’s claim for financial assistance will be assessed by the State Government”, concluded Cr Todd.

For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444. To apply for a concessional loan, grant or freight subsidy, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit raa.nsw.gov.au.

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Media Release Flood Damage Declaration Photograph 14082019

Image: Moorefield Road damage due to natural disaster on Friday, 29 March 2019.

Last Updated: 28 Aug 2019

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