A trail of 12 cars were damaged by the same pothole after it ruined all four tyres on each vehicle as motorists in waterlogged Victoria navigate treacherous roads.
An image of drivers attending to their vehicles lined up at the side of a road outside Seymour north of Melbourne in Victoria was posted on social media on Thursday.
The motorists had to wait three hours for tow trucks, as commenters took to the post slamming Premier Daniel Andrews for the state of the roads.
The photo (pictured), that was snapped on Thursday, was tagged with, ‘Just outside Seymour, 12 cars, all hit the same pothole, all done front and back tyres’
The photo was tagged with, ‘Just outside Seymour, 12 cars, all hit the same pothole, all done front and back tyres’.
‘Thanks Dan! Maybe country roads should be a priority over removing boom gates,’ one commenter said, referring to Mr Andrews’ often mentioned project removing 85 gates at rail crossings.
‘Victorian roads are actually the worst I’ve experienced in all of Australia,’ a social media user added.
‘I have never seen so many potholes and pieces of road missing and so so much water! Was a stressful drive home (including a 70km detour via Shep because the Hume was shut),’ another person said.
The Victorian government is not responsible for all roads in the state but manages freeways, major arterial roads and some non-arterial thoroughfares.
Municipal roads are maintained by local councils and the privately operated freeways are run by various businesses.
Some social media commenters attacked the state government in the post, with one saying, ‘Victorian roads are actually the worst I’ve experienced in all of Australia’ (pictured, a stock image)
An image of vehicles lined up at the side of a road outside Seymour in Victoria was posted on social media on Friday (pictured) – showing drivers attending to their cars
It’s not the first time the potholes in the state have been under scrutiny.
Paul Volkering, the former mayor of Mansfield Shire in Victoria’s north-east, said the roads had become a ‘real nightmare’.
‘You can’t drive more than a couple of k’s on [the Melba Highway near Glenburn] without coming across a big pothole,’ Mr Volkering told The Age last week.
‘It’s OK if you’re an experienced country driver, you know where to slow down, but it’s just deteriorated to the point that it’s unexpectedly dangerous.’
Regional transport head Paul Northey said in periods of extended, above-average rainfall, it’s not unusual to have potholes on the road.
‘We need to wait for warmer, drier weather to be able to deliver long-term repairs that will last – delivering this type of work when it’s wet or cold drastically increases the risk of the works failing.’
It comes after hundreds of people in Melbourne were ordered to evacuate their homes as the wild weather continued, with more than 500 homes across Victoria underwater and another 500 isolated.
More than 40 suburbs in the city’s heart are on high alert as the Maribyrnong River rapidly rises.
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 near the Campaspe River, north of Melbourne)
Dozens of residents in inner-city Maribyrnong were ordered to evacuate early Friday morning, with areas surrounding Melbourne Showground, Footscray Park and Flemington Racecourse also under threat.
Regional residents in Wedderburn, Carisbrook, Seymour, Benalla and Rochester were also being ordered to evacuate before they’re cut off.
A ‘too late to leave’ warning was issued for Seymour on Friday morning as major flooding levels peaked above the previous record 7.64m flood in May 1974.
Motorists are reminded not to drive through flooded roads. Emergency services have conducted 119 flood rescues across the state in the last 24 hours.
A warning of an imminent dam failure at the Skinners Flat Reservoir prompted an order to evacuate Wedderburn immediately.
Residents in low-lying areas of Lake Eildon have been told to relocate as floodwaters encroach on bridges, homes and parks in the embattled town of Bendigo.
Residents in low-lying areas of Lake Eildon have been told to relocate as floodwaters encroach on bridges, homes and parks in the embattled town of Bendigo (pictured, a submerged car in Bendigo, Victoria)