THE SAVVY shuffling of priorities has meant ratepayers have not had to foot a big clean-up bill after floods ripped through Tamworth earlier this year.
Tamworth Regional Council's road team has gone back to "business as usual", though some major repairs are waiting on hundreds of thousands of dollars in state government funding.
The council's manager of infrastructure and works Murray Russell told the Leader his crews were working hard to patch up potholes caused by heavy rain in March and engineers were still working on large repairs.
"Most of the minor work is being attended to as routine maintenance, as crews progressively get around the place," he said.
The council normally gets about 60 requests for roadworks from residents each week, which they are getting now, though hundreds per day were flooding in after the heavy rain in March.
"Obviously, there are still a few of those less critical issues that might be still outstanding, but we're chipping away," Mr Russell said.
"There is a handful of larger jobs ... and they are obviously works that would be put out to contract, so the timeframe associated with that is longer."
Mr Russell confirmed the council has asked the state government for a sum of money between half-a-million dollars to $1 million in natural disaster assistance, to get those bigger jobs done.
He said that is not large on the roadworks scale, but it does stop ratepayers having to pay the price.
A whole new causeway needs to be installed on Prices Road after it was washed out; as well as rebuilding approaches to a bridge on the Limbri-Weabonga Road.
"Apart from those big jobs that we are seeking state government assistance for we have generally been able to manage by prioritising work and using the resources we have," Mr Russell said.
"We've made decisions like postponing some less critical work and attending to repairs that are important and we'll come back to those that have been postponed."
The moderate-level Peel River flood in late March submerged several roads and Mr Russell warned at the time it could take weeks, or months to get back to normal. But, he said a sunny April had helped crews work through the backlog.
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