Months of high rainfall cause road and facility closures

Due to the amount of rainfall experienced in recent months both in and around the district, some roads and facilities have been closed in anticipation of more wet weather to come and flow on effects from the region’s overflowing water ways.

Dubbo Regional Council will keep residents advised of significant closures in the Local Government Area over the coming days via social media and roads and facilities closures page on the website.

Council’s Manager of Sporting Facilities Wes Giddings said that amenities at Sandy Beach, Ollie Robbins Oval and Lady Cutler Oval are closed, however all sporting grounds are open.

“Council staff are monitoring the river and all sporting groups who have equipment on the riverbank have been contacted regarding the expected flood peak, however all sporting facilities are open until further notice,” Mr Giddings said.

Council’s Manager of Works Services Ian Bailey said that motorists should take extra care in coming days as there are several roads across the area that are considered flood hot spots.

“For the months of June, July, August and September 2016, the sum total of rainfall in Dubbo is approximately three times the long term average,” Mr Bailey said.

“Boothenba Road has already been closed east of Yarrandale Road to the Golden Highway until further notice as the road has deteriorated significantly and this section of the road has the potential to be a safety hazard.”

“With the school holidays and the long weekend, it is important that residents keep themselves informed of road conditions and exercise more caution than usual, especially rural road users.”

“Traffic management plans will be in place in the event of any road closures and motorists are advised to plan any travel and allow extra time for delays.”

“Information about roads which have the potential for flooding can be found on Council’s website and any major changes will be updated via social media and local radio stations,” Mr Bailey said.

“When these kind of consecutive weather events take place it is important to keep in mind that even when it stops raining, flooding can still occur due to floodwater making its way through the river system.”

Mr Bailey also stated that the clean-up and repair work required across the local government area is likely to take months.

“We are asking the community to bear with us at this stage, as repair work will be undertaken on a prioritised basis.”

For more information visit the roads and facilities closures page or follow Dubbo Regional Council on Facebook.

MEDIA CONTACT

Dubbo Regional Council Manager of Works Services Ian Bailey (02) 6801 4000

Last Edited: 30 Sep 2016

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