Fear of more landslides

AUTHORITIES fear another landslide at the same site as last week’s devastation at Ovens.

An early evening deluge brought up to 40,000 tonnes of rock and mud down steep and narrow gullies – devastating a business, washing away part of one home and leaving an uninhabited cottage covered in rock.

The Great Alpine Road was closed for hours as emergency crews worked to clear the debris.

Now Department of Environment Land Water and Planning’s Hume region operations director Tony Long says another landslip would take far less than the 95mm of rain that fell in just a couple of hours during Tuesday’s storm.

“Initial assessments of the sites at Ovens have been undertaken to ascertain the risk of similar events occurring in the short to medium term,” he said.

“The assessments have found that in the event of further rainfall there is a risk of further debris and sediment movement down the impacted gullies, however, of much lower magnitude than that experienced on Tuesday.

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