North Burnett facing $10M damage
THE threat of floods in the North Burnett is far from over, with river levels rising again and a storm flooding a home in Eidsvold.
“This disaster is still happening,” mayor Joy Jensen said.
“The situation is improving, but the duration of this event is causing a lot of angst.”
Cr Jensen said the damage bill was growing every day, with the initial $8 million estimate long since surpassed.
“That estimate has now grown to $10 million and then we lost the Derrandungy Bridge, worth $1 million,” the mayor said.
“The dollar value of this disaster is mounting daily.
“We’re at the stage where we are about to lodge claims for help.”
The Barambah Creek Bridge was inundated with water about 7am yesterday, cutting the Burnett Highway near Gayndah.
The area’s water supply inlet pipe is also still under water.
“We’re struggling on and we’ve got biopumps on loan from Pialba to make sure we’re complying with the standards,” Cr Jensen said.
“While the tests comply with standards, we are still asking people to boil water as a precaution because you never know what is coming from that water.”
Four homes in Gayndah, along with 22 in Mundubbera, were inundated during the Christmas floods, with 18 evacuated.
Cr Jensen said a home in Eidsvold was inundated on Monday night after a localised storm caused a nearby creek to swell.
The mayor said she was gravely concerned about motorists trying to shortcut through the North Burnett with roads and bridges destroyed.
“Because the Bruce Highway is out, people are trying to use the back roads in our region to get through,” Cr Jensen said.
“They should only be using these roads if it is completely necessary – not to go on a holiday.
“The safety of the public is paramount and we don’t want any further loss of life.”
Cr Jensen said the rivers had risen again, with the Burnett reaching 14 metres in Mundubbera and 10 metres in Gayndah.
“The roads are continuing to fail and crumble,” she said.
“The water is rising and falling quickly in places, which is a real trap for travellers trying to get through.
“People should only be doing strictly essential travel.”