In a joint effort, Central Highlands Regional Council, local fire and emergency services and Glencore Rolleston Coal staff cleared roads and restored essential services after overnight flooding caused havoc in Springsure and Rolleston on Tuesday.
Central Highlands Regional Council Manager Infrastructure Jason Hoolihan said the joint effort was exemplary.
‘Council staff worked together with local fire and emergency services and Glencore Rolleston Coal staff to achieve a great outcome for the Springsure community,’ he said.
‘From clearing roads and residences of debris to conducting welfare checks and removing the pedestrian bridge that washed away, the amount of work done in one day was phenomenal to get the Springsure community back up and running.
‘Although there has been a significant impact, we have been very lucky that the majority of the damage is restricted to a narrow band that follows Springsure Creek through town.
‘Crews will continue clearing debris and silt and conduct road inspections and repairs over the coming days.’
Electricity to the Springsure Park will remain turned off as a safety precaution until electrical equipment has dried and the playground will remain closed until damage is repaired.
Due to the flood response, the council meeting and community barbecue scheduled for Tuesday 27 February in Capella has been adjourned.
The meeting will be held at 2.30pm on Monday 5 March 2018 at the Capella Administration Office on Conran Street and followed by a community consultation and barbecue at Capella Cultural Centre from 5.30pm.