Opinion

Clean up requires patience

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December 04, 2017

The region has just endured a record-breaking rain event across a particularly wet weekend.

The region has just endured a record-breaking rain event across a particularly wet weekend.

While Shepparton escaped the worst of the storms, neighbouring areas did not.

Significant 24-hour rainfall records for nearby towns were smashed, in many cases authorities tallying the most rain experienced in areas for more than a century.

Storms such as this are rife with dangers and the Bureau of Meteorology certainly were not understating its severity.

It is likely the deluge of the past three days will be lingering into this week.

This means just because the heavy rain has passed, vigilance around wet areas needs to be maintained.

Especially in badly hit areas, such as Euroa, Stanhope and Echuca.

We can’t stress enough the importance of heeding the advice and warnings of emergency service staff, and echo the vital message to never drive into floodwater.

The significant downpour this region received is clear: Strathbogie was yesterday in the top three places with the highest recorded rainfall in this event.

Meanwhile, significant numbers of requests for flood assistance were received, particularly in the Euroa area. Emergency services and volunteers from all reports put in a remarkable effort to band together and assist fellow residents.

And clean up will be well under way.

Authorities and local governments should be offered patience and understanding as they work to remedy infrastructure as water recedes from the region.

No doubt roads budgets will be stretched further and timelines stretched for reasons beyond their control.

By and large, the incident itself was not quite as serious as many expected, despite the clear and evident trail of damage left behind.

Regardless, we thank the work in front and behind the scenes of all who have offered a helping hand to mitigate the impact of this event.

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