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Storm Clean Up

Latest Update - 10 March 2017

From May to October 2016 the southern regions of South Australia were impacted by record-breaking storm events, with extremely high winds and rainfall recorded. 

This 1-in-50 year event affected the Alexandrina region’s environment and infrastructure, along with Council’s ability to undertake maintenance and improvement work. During the storm events “business as usual” activities were put on hold while Council supported both the emergency services and the community. This required using all available resources for work such as flood mitigation, stormwater management, tree clearance and safety and access repair work. 

There was considerable damage within Council’s 1,300km of road network with a majority of the damage occurring on unsealed roads where scouring and washing out of roads was the most common issue. 

There was also significant damage to assets including:

  • Cleland Gully Road culvert
  • Gilbert Siding Road culvert
  • Winery Road culvert
  • Port Elliot Soldiers Memorial Gardens retaining wall
  • Pedestrian footbridges in Middleton and Strathalbyn Soldiers Memorial Gardens
  • Old swimming pool structure Strathalbyn Soldiers Memorial Gardens
  • Beach Access steps on Handby Street Port Elliot
  • Extensive washing out of fords and verges on many roads

Assessments of this damage has been completed and a funding application has been submitted to the State Government for financial assistance.

Repair Work

Work is scheduled to start on the repair of our road assets on Wednesday 15 March 2017, using a mixture of Council resources and contractors. The sequencing of repairs will be geographically programmed to get the best value and efficiencies. The focus of repairs will be on Council's Sealed and Unsealed Road network.

The repair of other major assets such as those detailed above (culverts, structures and landslides) will be subject to, in some cases, design, development approval and tendering of construction works. This will mean that the repair of these assets could be up to 18 months away.

Council is continuing to consider the funding of repair work in line with existing budgets and due to the likely significant costs of the damage, reallocation of budgets may need to occur over the next couple of years.

For further information, please contact Alexandrina Council on 8555 7000 or via email to alex@alexandrina.sa.gov.au