NORTHERN Grampians Shire Council's damage bill following September's floods has reached $3 million.
The council has assessed roads and culverts and has estimated damage costs will top $4 million when a bridge assessment is complete.
Mayor Kevin Erwin said council would call for tenders to complete repairs but warned residents work would not be completed until next year.
He said emergency repairs to properties would be given highest priority, followed by roads and bridges.
"Unfortunately there is just too much to do to have it all done before Christmas," he said.
"We need people to be patient because it will take a while to get things in order but hopefully it will happen reasonably quickly after that."
Cr Erwin told the Mail-Times last month the shire's scheduled road maintenance works could be delayed for up to 12 months as a result of the shift in priorities following the floods.
Glenorchy, St Arnaud, Marnoo and Navarre were the worst-hit areas of the shire, with homes, crops, fences, roads and bridges affected.