Motorists drive along flood swollen Rowlands Road in Port of Bundaberg. Photos: DARRYN SMITH rai1802r
Motorists drive along flood swollen Rowlands Road in Port of Bundaberg. Photos: DARRYN SMITH rai1802r

The big wet hits Bundy

MOORE Park Beach and parts of Bargara were cut off yesterday as rain continued to bucket down on the region.

Moore Park resident Gail Anderson was taking the isolation in her stride last night.

“It’s not like it hasn’t happened before,” she said.

The resident said the last time roads into Moore Park were cut off, in the mid ’90s, her kids had a ball after getting the day off school.

About 40 Moore Park Beach students were unable to get home after they finished school for the day. They were preparing to bunk down at North Bundaberg State High School, but later found friends or relatives to stay with last night.

As roads around the region went under, Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts announced disaster relief funding arrangements had been extended to the Bundaberg Regional Council area in the wake of the rain.

“Bundaberg has been added to the relief and recovery arrangements, which are now active in more than 68 per cent of Queensland’s 73 local government areas,” he said.

The government is estimating about $110 million worth of damage has been done throughout the state.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, by 7.30pm yesterday 36.2mm of rain had fallen on Bundaberg, and by 3pm yesterday Monto had received 11mm, Gayndah 1mm and Hervey Bay 3mm.

Bundaberg State Emergency Service local controller Bill Daniels said his teams had sandbagged two homes each at Burnett Heads and Bundaberg.

In Burnett Heads, Duffy Street resident Scott McCloy was thankful the tide was going out and taking the drain water that ran under Moffat Street with it.

“The water banks up when the tide’s coming in,” he said.



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