Gippsland begins the rough road to recovery

Some of the spectacular Tarra Bulga Mountain Ash trees which were uprooted during recent wild storms.

Department of Transport crews have been working hard to clear large amounts of debris from roads across the region, following recent wild storms.

Huge Mountain Ash trees crashed across roads in the Strzelecki Ranges, with Tarra Valley Rd being particularly affected.

In the Baw Baw Ranges, landslips are proving to be the biggest challenge.
In some sections, large chunks of the road have fallen away, leaving only a single lane in place.

Works to re-open Mount Baw Baw Tourist Rd are extensive and likely to take six months to complete.

In Walhalla, there’s months of restoration work ahead as floodwaters gouged creek banks near the roadside, in some instances taking part of the roadside away.

Traralgon-Maffra Rd, Maffra-Rosedale Rd, Bengworden Rd and Loch Valley Rd have all re-opened, some with speed reductions because of flood damage on road surfaces.

Department of Transport Gippsland regional director Sara Rhodes-Ward said it took an enormous coordinated effort to re-open roads following floods and storms.

“It’s a big job and we ask people to be patient while we make the roads safe for use again,” she said.

Many roads are still closed in Gippsland. Visit VicTraffic for the most up to date information.