The state of Tasmania has been hit by floods and heavy rains over the weekend, and the government fears that the damage bill due to the flooding could reach up to $100 million.
More than 100 roads had to be closed during the peak of the emergency. Once the waters subside, the extent of the damage will be revealed, and the reparation of roads and railways is expected to cost the government millions.
“Now, with the abatement of floodwaters, [there’ll be] significant structural damage to their road systems,” State Emergency Services (SES)’s Nick Wilson said, while encouraging drivers to be cautious, according to ABC News.
“[There could be] complete washaways underneath the surface of the water, and once it’s drained you can see it. I suspect that we’ll see that become evident in the coming days.”
Meanwhile, farmers are still examining the damage that the flooding has caused to their livelihood. Infrastructure have been destroyed, and most of the animals, including cattle herds, have been washed away.
In light of the tragedy, Australian politicians have done their part in contributing in any way they can to help the citizens affected by the floods get back on their feet. This is timely, especially since the Federal Elections on July 2 is not too far away.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition leader Bill Shorten, both top contenders for the prime minister post, visited various parts of Sydney to check on the damage caused by the Tasmanian floods and have given messages of support to the victims.
Shorten has even gone as far as suspending his election to help with the rescue and relief efforts, keeping his stay in Adelaide short so he could head straight to Sydney.
The opposition leader also revealed that the current Prime Minister expressed interest in the two of them joining forces on a visit to Victoria, and emphasized that they must look after each other during these difficult times.