Operation clean-up underway

GLENORCHY Mayor Kristie Johnston has praised Council workers who assisted with many tasks during the night and days of the extreme weather event in mid-May.

“Staff members from several areas of Council stepped up to the task of keeping people safe and advising the community with updates,” she said.

“They ranged from office workers through to people braving the weather and doing the physical work.

“Our municipality escaped major devastation that other areas suffered.

“However, we still had our share of damage that still needs to be repaired, so I would ask that the community is patient while repairs are happening.”

Glenorchy City Council operations and maintenance supervisor Tim Horton said Council crews were out from midnight on the Thursday through to late Sunday night.

“Many of our staff members moved outside of their normal roles to help in areas such as clearing debris and removing trees and any other tasks as required,” he said.

“Everyone worked incredibly well as a team to get all the initial work done.

“There is a very long list of items to be rectified and the clean-up operation will continue on for quite some time.

“There are some major jobs to be done, but the jobs will need to be prioritised, so I want the community to be assured that we will get to them as soon as we can.

“We have had floods previously, but I would say they weren’t quite to this magnitude and it’s worth noting that some of the control measures in place from previous events have assisted with this event.

“We had a large volume of water to deal with on a high tide.

“During the actual storm, most of our work was preventative such as sandbagging, pit clearing and other tasks.

“The three main sources of concern were creeks washing out and overflowing, roads washing out and tree issues.

“The community understood the circumstances we were working under.

“The feedback I received was that while residents were concerned with the flooding and damage, they were very grateful to have our staff out and about with their efforts in assisting.”

Some of the damage to be fixed includes re-gravelling and grading of rural roads, inspection and repairs to creeks, tree damage and general debris clean-up, stormwater pit cleaning and Wellington Park fire trails remedial works to ensure they are accessible for bushfire mitigation activities.

Caption: Corner of Main Road and Tolosa Street, Glenorchy.