Emergency services crews and Council officers worked quickly to restore traffic flows on Waterfall Way, after a severe storm blew down trees near Wollomombi last Tuesday.
The storm passed through the New England region about 1pm and Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray praised the response of police, State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service and Council staff to deal with several fallen trees that blocked traffic on the major road.
Council officers were called out to remove the trees and debris and to assist with traffic control.
Council Acting Chief Executive Officer Mark Piorkowski said: “We appreciated the patience of those who were delayed during the cleanup.
“While the crews moved as quickly as possible to remove the trees from the road, it took until 4pm to fully restore traffic flows.
“The work is hazardous and we need to ensure it is undertaken safely.”
Cr Murray said the response was a great example of cooperation between emergency services and he acknowledged the contribution of Council officers.
“Council staff are often doing a thankless job but it’s a job that has to be done,” he said.
“We had staff called out on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to clear trees off the road and they do a great job.”
Published on 04 Jan 2018