Wodonga and Corowa's Federation councils estimate more than $1 million damage done to their roads by floods

FLOODS have caused more than $1 million damage to roads in two Border council areas.

Federation Council, which covers Corowa, Howlong, Urana and Mulwala, expects to have an $800,000 bill due to bitumen breaking up from flood waters.

Wodonga Council is also facing a six-figure impact with planning and infrastructure director Leon Schultz telling councillors of a hefty interim figure.

Drying out: Cafe operator Alex Smit no longer has water lapping at his entrance following the Murray River dropping. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

Drying out: Cafe operator Alex Smit no longer has water lapping at his entrance following the Murray River dropping. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

“Up until the end of last week we estimated that possibly between $200,000 and $250,000 worth of work had been done, that will obviously continue as the waters recede and we understand more fully the extent of the damage,” Mr Schultz said.

Both councils expect to have all of the costs covered by government natural disaster relief funds.

Federation Shire administrator Mike Eden told Tuesday’s council meeting that playgrounds at Corowa and Howlong would be replaced after being flawed by flood damage.

The council’s corporate and community services director Kristy Kay said Corowa riverside caravan parks would be shut for some weeks with council supplying bins to clean-up.

“They are all expecting to be closed for a period of definitely a month and obviously that is a concern given that would potentially be getting very close to the Christmas period,” Ms Kay said.

She said the council had spent $1000 in recent weeks to continue to promote the region with a drone video of the river and canola crops attracting 20,000 views on the Corowa tourism Facebook page.

Fun's over: Playground equipment is removed from Corowa's Bangerang Park after being deemed unsafe due to the inundation from the Murray River.

Fun's over: Playground equipment is removed from Corowa's Bangerang Park after being deemed unsafe due to the inundation from the Murray River.

Meanwhile, Albury Council hopes to have roads in the Noreuil Park area accessible by Friday.

“We have started cleaning picnic tables and pathways and hope the roads will be re-opened at the end of the week,” the city’s director of engineering Brad Ferris said.

“The bridge leading to Oddies Creek Park has been damaged and will be closed until repaired.

“We’re still assessing other possible damage caused by the flood.

“Wonga Wetlands and Mungabareena Reserve remain closed.”

River Deck Cafe operator Alex Smit said he was aiming to return to the eatery next week and open by the Melbourne Cup weekend.

“There’s no damage to the interior of the building, the water didn’t get up that high,” Mr Smit said.

Gone: The empty space created by the removal of playground equipment from Bangerang Park at Corowa after the area was flooded.

Gone: The empty space created by the removal of playground equipment from Bangerang Park at Corowa after the area was flooded.

“It’s a matter of getting everybody in and prepping food and making sure we’re ready to go.”

The cafe has been closed since September 6, but it has traded from the Albury Club.

Mr Smit said that ended on Sunday with staff having this week off ahead of resuming at Noreuil Park.

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