Trail of 12 cars hit the same pothole and leaked both front and rear tires outside Seymour in Victoria
A trail of 12 cars was damaged by the same pothole after all four tires on each vehicle were destroyed as motorists drove through swampy Victoria on treacherous roads.
An image was posted on social media on Thursday of drivers watching their vehicles on the side of a road outside Seymour, north of Melbourne in Victoria.
The motorists had to wait three hours for tow trucks as commentators went to the post criticizing Prime Minister Daniel Andrews for the condition of the roads.
The photo (pictured), taken on Thursday, was tagged: ‘Just outside Seymour, 12 cars, all in the same pothole, all done with front and rear tires’
The photo was tagged: ‘Just outside Seymour, 12 cars, all in the same pothole, all done with front and rear tires’.
‘Thank you Dan! Perhaps country roads should be prioritized over removing barriers,” said one commenter, referring to Mr Andrews’ oft-mentioned project to remove 85 gates at level crossings.
“Victorian roads are actually the worst I’ve experienced in all of Australia,” added one social media user.
‘I’ve never seen so many potholes and pieces of road disappear and so much water! Was a stressful drive home (including a 70km detour via Shep as the Hume was closed),’ said another person.
The Victorian government is not responsible for all roads in the state, but manages highways, major arteries and some non-arterial arteries.
Municipal roads are maintained by municipalities and the private highways are operated by various companies.
Some social media commentators attacked the state government in the post, with one saying ‘Victorian roads are actually the worst I’ve experienced in all of Australia’ (pictured, stock photo)
An image of vehicles lined up by the side of a road outside Seymour in Victoria was posted on social media on Friday (pictured) – with drivers watching their cars
It’s not the first time the potholes in the state have come under scrutiny.
Paul Volkering, the former mayor of Mansfield Shire in northeastern Victoria, said the roads had become “a real nightmare”.
‘You can’t drive more than a few k’s’ [the Melba Highway near Glenburn] without encountering a large pothole,” Volkering told The Age last week.
“It’s okay if you’re an experienced land rider, you know where to slow down, but it’s deteriorated to the point that it’s unexpectedly dangerous.”
Regional transport chief Paul Northey said it is not uncommon to have potholes in the road during periods of prolonged, above-average rainfall.
“We have to wait for warmer, drier weather to make long-term repairs that will last. If you do this kind of work when it’s wet or cold, the risk that the work will fail increases dramatically.’
It comes after hundreds of people in Melbourne were ordered to evacuate their homes as the wild weather continued, with more than 500 homes in Victoria under water and another 500 isolated.
More than 40 suburbs in the heart of the city are on high alert as the Maribyrnong River rises rapidly.
Hundreds of people in Melbourne were ordered to evacuate their homes as the wild weather continued, and Seymour residents were told it was too late to leave (pictured, Rochester by the Campaspe River, north of Melbourne)
Dozens of downtown Maribyrnong residents were ordered to evacuate early Friday morning, also threatening the areas around Melbourne Showground, Footscray Park and Flemington Racecourse.
Regional residents in Wedderburn, Carisbrook, Seymour, Benalla and Rochester were also ordered to evacuate before being cut off.
A ‘too late to leave’ warning was issued for Seymour on Friday morning, as major flooding peaked in May 1974 above the previous record of 7.64 m high.
Motorists are reminded not to drive on flooded roads. Emergency services have carried out 119 floods in the state in the past 24 hours.
A warning of an impending dam burst at the Skinners Flat Reservoir led to an immediate evacuation of Wedderburn.
Residents in low-lying areas of Lake Eildon have been told to move as water seeps into bridges, homes and parks in the troubled town of Bendigo.
Residents in low-lying areas of Lake Eildon have been told to move as water seeps into bridges, homes and parks in the troubled town of Bendigo (pictured, a car under water in Bendigo, Victoria)