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Bundy on the mend from flooding

HARD WORK: helpers banded together to help clean up Hinkler Park hockey grounds. Photo: Scottie Simmonds / NewsMail
HARD WORK: helpers banded together to help clean up Hinkler Park hockey grounds. Photo: Scottie Simmonds / NewsMail Scottie Simmonds

BUNDY is well on the path to recovery with volunteers and work crews out in force mending what was broken and cleaning what was muddied by the town's worst flood on record.

The Mud Army marched on flood-hit areas, including North Bundaberg and Bargara at the weekend while Ergon Energy crews reached the point they'd been tirelessly working towards for weeks - total power restoration.

One of the thankful home-owners to have their home cleaned up by Mud Army volunteers was Kathy Ellen whose mum Lyn Betheras said the crews were a huge help.

"There was about 1.5m of water through the house so there was a lot to clean up," Mrs Betheras said.

"They (the mud army) turned up and were a good help.

"They were all really lovely to help."

Almost 30,000 people lost power in Bundaberg and the North Burnett when dual disasters hit - five tornadoes followed by devastating floods.

But the hard work by more than 300 people saw the final home reconnected to power at the weekend with only abut 1500 individual customers waiting to have their home checked by private contractors who can then tell Ergon it's safe to reconnect the homes.

General manager of southern service delivery Paul Jordon said ensuring all customers could be supplied by mains power or generator where required and safe was an important achievement, but not the end of the job.

"There is still significant work to finalise the rebuilding and repair of feeder lines to allow generation to be removed and to return feeders to their original configurations," he said.

"There will also be further construction work to bring irrigation pumps back on line as they are rebuilt.

"Crews will progressively demobilise over the next week after ensuring the remaining workload is manageable for the crews from the Bundaberg, Gin Gin, Gayndah and Mundubbera depots."

While power has been restored, the gas supply has not with crews working to fix the natural gas supply line which was seriously damaged by the floods.

Gas is slowly expected to be restored from Thursday onwards.

Topics:  bundaberg, flood 2013, mud army


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