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Worst to come for north region

Water was nearly lapping the bottom of the Les Baker Bridge at Gayndah yesterday morning and was still rising.
Water was nearly lapping the bottom of the Les Baker Bridge at Gayndah yesterday morning and was still rising. Rose Reed

THIRTY-SEVEN houses in Mundubbera have been evacuated after water inundated the town on Monday night.

North Burnett mayor Joy Jensen said the only thing still visible on some of the homes was the roof.

“We were told the river at Mundubbera was meant to peak at 18.75m (Tuesday) morning but it is still rising (at noon),” Cr Jensen said.

The mayor said the amount of water flooding in was mind-boggling with even the “very high” bridge at Mingo, built to cope with the one-in-100-year flood levels, under half a metre of water.

Every town in the North Burnett is isolated and Cr Jensen urged residents to stay put with reports of the river stabilising about 4pm.

“I am very disappointed that a group of travellers have travelled through floodwaters and now are having to be billeted in Eidsvold,” Cr Jensen said.

“It is disappointing that people persist in travelling when we already have major problems to deal with.”

Animals are also copping the burden of the floods with one farmer’s dairy cows stranded on a “very small piece of land”, unable to be fed or milked.

A piggery owner is also unable to reach his animals to feed them.

Cr Jensen said the Mundubbera and Gayndah bridges were under “significant threat” with fallen trees smashing into the structures.

“The Mundubbera bridge is very much under threat and sustained some hits from timber coming down the river,” Cr Jensen said.

The mayor said the devastating floods had brought out the best in many people with every evacuated resident staying with friends or family.

The mayor said the damage bill would be well over $1 million with vital infrastructure like bridges yet to be examined.

With Wuruma breaching the spillway on Monday and Cania expected to spill over last night, Cr Jensen said the worst of the flooding may still be on its way.

“We are a little concerned at the moment because most of the water until now has been held back by Cania and Wuruma dams,” she said.

“We hadn’t had the full impact because they (the dams) were holding it back.”

Cr Jensen urged residents not to worry.

Gayndah grazier Alan McCallum said his property had been cut off for nine days and he expected to be isolated for another four or five days.

Gayndah resident Vic Bryant was evacuating his house yesterday as he prepared for floods.

He said the water only had to rise another 800mm to flood his house.


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