Floods hit Gippsland freight


Floods in eastern Victoria are causing havoc for transport operators, with majorroads and sections of highways in Gippsland closed. <br /><br /> Heavy rain has drenched the region since Monday, with Gippsland Lakes mostly affected.

Floods hit Gippsland freight
Floods hit Gippsland freight

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | June 6, 2012

Floods in eastern Victoria are causing havoc for transport operators, with major roads and sections of highways in Gippsland closed.

Heavy rain has drenched the region since Monday, with Gippsland Lakes mostly affected.

The South Gippsland Highway in Sale and Stradbroke is closed, as is Princes Highway in Orbost, including a number of roads in the east.

O’Donnell Transport in Lakes Entrance was unable to cart fish yesterday due to the closure of the
Princes Highway.

Owner Damian O’Donnell says six trucks had been out of work but two are back in business today on their way to Melbourne.

"Nothing went out yesterday, which means there is no income," O’Donnell says.

"You still have to pay the wages, the rego and the tyres but as of yesterday there was no income and there is very limited work today."

Despite the standstill, O’Donnell says he has been through worse floods.

"Two years ago, it was bad – and when the highway gets closed that’s bad because you have trucks sitting on the highway.

"At least we’re lucky enough to have got them home, it makes it easier for drivers and their families."

Bairnsdale Freight Company Owner Paul Trainer, who runs a courier business, says a lot of roads are blocked in the area and those that aren’t are congested, making it hard to deliver parcels.

"It’s taken me 45 minutes to get to Eastwood, which usually takes five minutes," Trainer says.

Despite the hitch, most of his clients are patient, he adds.

"What we can’t do today we’ll do tomorrow or the next day – we’ll get through it."

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