Flood recovery centre open

A flood recovery centre as been opened in the old Salmat building on Gurwood Street in Wagga Wagga.
“The flood centre has been opened for people who have been directly affected by the recent flooding,” Federal Member for Riverina McCormack.
“This is an extraordinary tough situation for many flood affected people and the centre is there to assist those who require information.
“The centre will be open daily, including the weekend, from 8:00am – 6:00pm, and will remain open for at least the next seven days.

“They are there to offer help and advice and liaison officers will be in place for information on how to apply for funding or if assistance is required for other personal issues.”
Mr McCormack said people needing direction in regards to funding should call 1800 227 228. 
“I understand this has been a stressful time for many Riverina residents,” Mr McCormack said.
“There has been a lot of angst right throughout the Riverina about people not being allowed back into their homes and shops which have remained dry or had only minimal water.
“People should spare a thought for those who have been inundated and who cannot get back to begin the clean-up and may not be able to do so for many, many days yet. 
“It is frustrating that people have been inconvenienced and their lives and livelihoods disrupted but emergency services personnel are doing their jobs as best they can and trying to ensure people are safe. 
“The SES authorities have made the calls they deemed appropriate at the time. We do not want another repeat of the tragedy in the 2010-11 Queensland floods when 35 people died and it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
While the flood danger has passed for Wagga Wagga, many other areas downstream are on nervous watch as waters continue to threaten many homes and farms.

Cristy Houghton