Flood-damaged road? Let council the know

RAIN DAMAGE: Southern Downs Regional Council has urged residents to alert the council to damaged roads after recent heavy rainfall.
RAIN DAMAGE: Southern Downs Regional Council has urged residents to alert the council to damaged roads after recent heavy rainfall. Luka Kauzlaric

HEAVY rains have wreaked havoc on the region in the past week.

In the wake of the deluge, which saw Stanthorpe's Quart Pot Creek bursting at the seams and some roads closed, Southern Downs Regional Council has urged road users to be cautious of damage to roads across the region and to report problem spots.

Mayor Tracy Dobie said the weekend's rain had further impacted already saturated ground, so there was likely to be a rise in damage to roads.

"The water undermines the road surface causing potholes, ruts and subsidence,” Cr Dobie said.

"Council crews were out across the region assessing roads (this week), and doing clean-ups as a result of the weekend's rain and localised flooding.”

Some roads were closed due to isolated flooding on Monday.

"A number of roads were closed due to flooding, and some re-opened throughout the day,” Cr Dobie said.

"While council crews are working to get on top of these jobs, we encourage everyone to be aware of road conditions and to report potholes and other road damage to council.

"The easiest way to do this if you have a smartphone or device is through the MY SDRC App's Fix It function.”

Cr Dobie said residents could select the "Road Enquiry” option in the application, fill in a description of the damage and use the GPS button to pinpoint the location for the council's repair crews to find the damage.

"Take a photo of the damage and upload it, pop in some contact details and submit it,” she said.

"Alternatively you can call council's 1300 number or drop into one of our community contact centres with details.

"There is some likelihood of more rainfall over coming days, so it's also a good time to remind people to stay alert. While council takes every precaution to close roads that become flooded, creeks and waterways can rise quickly with rain, so, if it's flooded, forget it.”

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Topics:  flooding, potholes, quart pot creek, rain damage, southern downs regional council

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