Urana Shire in disaster declaration
URANA Shire was declared a natural disaster zone last night after flooding inundated the town on Monday.
NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services Michael Gallacher extended the natural disaster declaration to an additional seven councils that have experienced significant flooding including Urana.
Mr Gallacher said the declaration made several support schemes available to assist with the cost of restoration and recovery under the Commonwealth natural disaster relief and recovery arrangements ugg australia and the NSW Disaster Assistance Arrangements.
The announcement came as residents saw the last of the flooding in the town yesterday.
The clean ugg australia up continued, with 20 Rural Fire Service members assisting residents.
Urana Central School and St Francis Xavier Pr ugg australia imary School are likely to be closed until Monday.
Meanwhile, preparations have begun in the Jerilderie Shire in anticipation of a surge of water coming from three different sources.
SES Murray Region incident controller Bernard Kates said it was too early to predict when the water would arrive and how much would come.
“The problem is there are three separate bodies of water making its way to the town, so it’s impossible to predict what will happen,” he said.
In the next week or two, water will come down Billabong, Yanco and Colombo creeks.
Mr Kates said it was expected the town and highway would be fine but there would be some water over the roads.
“The town should still be accessible,” he said.
“But the rural roads, particularly the dirt roads, are going to be in trouble.
“We’re advising people not to travel because trying to drive over some of these rural roads in floodwater could cause a lot of damage.”
Jerilderie Council general manager Craig Moffitt said they were beginning preparations of up to 15,000 sand bags to protect properties.
“We’ll do sandbagging levy work in the n ugg australia ext five or six days which will put us well ahead of any peak arriving,” he said.
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