City crews respond to wild weather
26 September 2017
Residents across the City of Albany are being urged to show patience as the City responds to a high volume of call-outs to flooding, road damage and uprooted trees following wild weather over the past week.
With the sound of chainsaws filling the air in recent days as people clean-up their properties, City reserves teams have also been kept busy clearing local roads of fallen trees and branches following gale-force winds of up to 139km/h late last week.
Heavy rain fall over the weekend has further stretched City resources as crews respond across a wide region where between 100mm to 150mm of rain has been recorded.
City Leading Hand Maintenance and Construction Garry Woods is among those responding to the wild weather and says the volume of flooded roads this late in winter was the worst he had seen in 20 years on the job.
“Ninety per cent of the call outs we have received over the weekend have been for water over roads or large pot holes,” Mr Woods said. “We have been putting signs up to warn drivers but we have run out and are now having to borrow signs.”
While Main Roads has had to close a number of roads across the region, East Bay Road near Betty’s Beach is the only road the City has closed so far due to extensive wash out.
Mr Woods said many roads in Elleker, Takenup and Wellstead areas were flooded in sections and warned there could still be roads under water or damaged in outlying areas that had not been reported.
“We urge drivers to show caution and drive to the conditions. Flooded roads can be dangerous and pot holes will need to dry out sufficiently before they can be repaired,” he said. “We also ask everyone to remain patient as we respond to and prioritise the dozens and dozens of call-outs we have received.”
Acting Manager City Reserves Jacqui Freeman said reserves teams had been focussed on ensuring roads were clear after winds brought down trees and branches, but it would take weeks to clean up the debris on roadsides.
“We also encourage anyone who comes across a tree or branch causing a traffic hazard to report it so we can attend and make sure the road is clear and safe,” she said.
To report a flooded road, or trees and branches on roads, call the City’s depot on 6820 3990. For after-hours reports call 1800 633 000.