Total cost of storms: $800,000 and counting

The two severe storms Broken Hill has endured in the past two months have caused over $800,000 in damage across town.

Broken Hill was a declared a disaster area due to the damage caused through flooding and strong winds.

Being declared a disaster zone creates the advantage that Broken Hill City Council (BHCC) is now eligible for funding from the State through the Resilience NSW, Natural Disaster Funding to pay for the immediate response and ongoing repair to the community.

So far BHCC has applied for $645,000 but BHCC General Manager expects that amount to increase.

Other avenues, both State and Federal, are being sought to gain more funding to cover the costs of repair by Council.

Damages that Council have had to address include removal of fallen trees from vehicles, roads, footpaths, ceiling repairs to the Town Library, Aged Persons Rest Centre and the South Recreation building, as well as repair to damaged signage, roads and footpaths.

Council is currently liaising with State and Federal Governments to fast track funding for a Stormwater Management Plan and necessary infrastructure upgrades.

The aim is to decrease the damage of further storms which are becoming more consistent with changing weather patterns according to the Council report.

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