Booyal crossing out of action
GOODNIGHT Scrub residents are still battling a flooded Booyal Crossing, almost two months after it first went under water.
Goodnight resident Leanne Miller said the crossing remained “a mess” since it was first inundated with water on December 12, causing frustration throughout the close-knit community.
“People are cranky because it's putting strain on everyone,” she said.
Mrs Miller said the causeway was littered with debris of logs and dead trees, which made the crossing inaccessible for vehicles.
“There is lots of stuff to fix up – the whole road on the Booyal side of the causeway has collapsed,” she said.
“I don't think it will ever be cleaned up.”
She said residents who worked in Childers were affected by the crossing being out of action, and now faced an hour-long trip to get there.
“If Booyal was open, it'd take about 20 minutes to get to Childers,” Mrs Miller said.
“The residents just want one access bridge to get out.”
Mrs Miller said she believed Paradise Dam played a major role in contributing to the crossing's water inundation.
“Since the dam was put in, she's flooding all the time now,” she said.
Bundaberg Regional Council roads and drainage infrastructure spokesman Wayne Honor urged residents to be “patient” until the extent of the damage to the crossing could be assessed.
“The engineers are concerned about the structural soundness of the crossing,” he said.
“But we still have to wait for the water to go down to sight the concrete structure and what the damage may be.”
Cr Honor said he could not provide a confirmed date for when this would happen, but expected it to take time before the crossing could be inspected.
“We can't stop the river from flowing,” Cr Honor said.
“It's a case of being patient until a clearance is given to cross the Booyal Crossing.”
He said the assessment time was “in the lap of the gods” and depended on what the weather conditions would be in the coming months.
“The erratic rainfalls as of late impact on the flow coming down,” he said.
Cr Honor said he could not comment on Paradise Dam contributing to major crossing overflow, but said it was subject to engineering advice as to how much water could be let out.