Ryan calls for funding after flood damage
02 December 2017
Funding for roads, bridges and community infrastructure will be required in coming days to help Euroa get back on its feet after the weekend's floods.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has also called for personal hardship grants to be activated for individuals and families whose homes were inundated.
Parts of the Strathbogie Ranges received 190 millimetres of rainfall on Friday night causing major flooding on the Sevens and Castle Creeks.
Ms Ryan thanked Euroa SES, CFA and other volunteers, some of whom worked for more than 24 hours straight during the worst of the weekend's flooding.
"The response to the floods was managed entirely by local volunteers," Ms Ryan said.
"The best of our community was on show, from volunteers from the Euroa SES unit who worked throughout Friday and into Saturday before being relieved by outside crews, to the Euroa CFA and the dedicated community members who threw themselves into sand bagging on Saturday morning as the flood water rose.
"I sincerely thank all the wonderful emergency response services and volunteers who assisted in protecting community members and property."
Ms Ryan said roads across the Strathbogie Shire had suffered extensive flood damage and council engineers would be assessing bridges once the flood waters had receded.
"Some parts of the Strathbogie Ranges like Galls Gaps Road resemble the bottom of a creek bed with washouts, large rocks and mounds of sediment covering the road," Ms Ryan said.
"Sporting clubs including Euroa Bowels Club, Euroa Croquet Club, Euroa Golf Club and the Euroa Memorial Oval were significantly impacted by floodwaters and will require a big community effort in coming days.
"It will take some time to assess the full extent of the damage but it is already apparent that funding from the Victorian Government will be required to assist with repairs.”
Ms Ryan said any significant rain falling tonight or on Sunday could result in further flooding.
"I will continue to offer my full support to the Euroa community as we assess the damage and commence the clean up over coming days and weeks,” Ms Ryan said.