FLOODS: Shellharbour, Kiama disaster zones

By Matt Jones
Updated November 5 2012 - 1:14pm, first published March 21 2011 - 6:29pm

SHELLHARBOUR, Kiama, Bombala and Bega local government areas have been declared natural disaster areas in the wake of Monday's flood disaster.Premier Kristina Keneally said a natural disaster declaration triggered a range of assistance for those directly impacted.Residents, primary producers, business owners and councils who have suffered property damage can now seek assistance including grants, loans and subsidies. Motorists whose cars have been written off as a result of a natural disaster may be eligible for a stamp duty refund on a replacement vehicle.The Premier is due to tour the worst-affected areas tonight.

  • Full flood coverageMeantime, train services between Unanderra and Bomaderry (Nowra) will be completely restored by tomorrow afternoon as RailCorp works to repair damage to the train line closed by Monday’s flood disaster.A RailCorp spokesman said crews would work through the night to restore rail services and trains would begin to operate between Albion Park and the city for tomorrow’s morning peak.Crews would aim to restore the entire section of track through to Bomaderry for the afternoon peak.RailCorp crews are clearing large amounts of debris from the line, draining deep pools of water on and near the track, re-laying ballast washed away by floodwaters and repairing damaged equipment in a number of areas.Buses will operate between Bomaderry (Nowra) and Oak Flats to Dapto to connect to train services during tomorrow’s morning peak. Buses will continue to operate between Port Kembla and Port Kembla North.
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