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Shire responds to deluge

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December 06, 2017

IT’S THE classic follow-up – after every flood, fire or famine it’s so gosh darn easy to bag someone, hold them responsible.

IT’S THE classic follow-up – after every flood, fire or famine it’s so gosh darn easy to bag someone, hold them responsible.

Such as our latest inundation as not just a lot of rain, but the most rain in 24 hours in our history, fell. As anyone with half a mind would expect, and accept, the drainage system didn’t cope.

And across the twin towns streets became streams, low-lying land turned into lakes and some roads were closed.

Those commendable members of the SES and CFA got out there at all hours of the night and day to do their bit.

Police kept a close eye on everything and intervened with traffic control or similar as required.

On the Victorian side of the river Campaspe Shire had all hands on deck, brought in extra pumps, contracted tree specialists and all worked through the night as well, to try and minimise the impact and disruption as the rain kept coming.

By daylight Sunday it was obvious despite all the problems we had, by and large, we dodged a climatic bullet.

Except for those who did get wet and wanted to find someone; anyone, to point the finger at.

God bless the local council. Clearly it is to blame. After all, between the shire and VicRoads they are responsible for all manner of infrastructure.

They’ll do. Except in this case, they won’t.

If we lived in the tropics, in the monsoon belt, shires might invest more in getting a lot of water away in a hurry.

But we don’t.

And no-one spends a small fortune on what, in most cases, is a once-in-a-blue-moon event.

Otherwise money wouldn’t be spent where it is really needed, 365 days a year.

And imagine the chorus of complaint at that point.

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