While we were in bed, they were rebuilding
AS YOU tuck up in bed tonight for good night's rest, spare a thought for the hundreds of people working tirelessly through the night to repair our devastated community.
As dusk rolls in at North Bundaberg, so too do the crews from Bundaberg Regional Council and Ergon Energy who spend their time rebuilding and cleaning up the mess left behind by last week's flood.
Bundaberg Regional Council roads and drainage spokesman Tony Ricciardi said on Tuesday night alone, the council sent in 25 trucks, 10 excavators, four bobcats, three loaders, three backhoes and other equipment along with operators to work on the flood-ravaged suburb of North Bundaberg.
"Council priorities lay with re-establishing water and sewerage infrastructure connections as well as focusing on the washouts on the road network," he said.
"Also (on Tuesday night) night, they cleared 300 loads of refuse as well as trucking in 500 cubic metres of gravel - a truck load is eight cubic metres."
Cr Ricciardi said there was no shortage of jobs to be done with waste removal, electrical repairs at pump stations, unblocking sewers and delivering equipment high on the long list of things to do.
Ergon Energy corporate communications manager Rod Rehbein said about 300 crews had been working tirelessly to reconnect the 27,000 customers in the Bundaberg and North Burnett areas who lost power following the tornadoes and floods.
Less than 3000 connections are still awaiting repair with many of those water pumps in regional areas and others ready to be connected after electricians have checked over inundated homes.
"We've had crews there (North) for a couple of nights," Mr Rehbein said.
He urged anyone whose neighbours had power and who had submitted the appropriate forms from contractors at flooded homes and, who still did not have power 24 hours after submitting the paperwork, to call Ergon Energy on 13 22 96.
A Transport and Main Roads spokesman said all their resources had been deployed to try to restore the region's road network.
"In Bundaberg, extensive resources have been dedicated to making emergency repairs to resume access to North Bundaberg via the Tallon Bridge and ease the pressure on the Burnett Traffic Bridge," the spokesman said.
High among the priority roads still to fix include the Tallon Bridge and Queen St, North Bundaberg, the Monto-Mt Perry Rd at Reid Creek and Splinter Creek, the Gayndah-Mt Perry Rd and Cedars Rd at the Burnett River.
Despite the extensive repair works under way, both the council and State Government say they cannot estimate the damage bill for the Bundaberg or North Burnett.
Premier Campbell Newman has tipped the bill for the state to be well above $2.4 billion but says only time will tell the final tally.