Del­uge cuts off town

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

IN THE space of 48 hours, the Monto district went from be­ing in se­ri­ous drought to get­ting a del­uge of 250mm, cut­ting the town off in all di­rec­tions.

Three Moon Creek reached a peak of 7.2m at Hunt­ings Bridge.

The bridge was re­opened on Mon­day.

Most of the town­ship was not flooded, but 15 houses were flood-af­fected on Flin­ders St and Mill Rd.

There have been an un­known num­ber of ru­ral prop­er­ties af­fected by the event.

Sev­eral peo­ple re­quired med­i­cal at­ten­tion, and those were all ad­dressed by Tues­day.

An evac­u­a­tion cen­tre was set up at Monto Com­mu­nity Hall, where two fam­i­lies were ac­com­mo­dated and pro­vided with break­fast.

In three days of Aus­tralia Day week­end, rain from Jan­uary 24, Monto reg­is­tered an of­fi­cial record­ing of 439.1mm, Malakoff recorded 634.4mm and there were unof­fi­cial re­sults of 822mm. The full level over the spill­way of Ca­nia Dam was 3.47m.

Mayor Don Waugh praised the ef­forts of res­cue and re­lief crews and said the coun­cil would do ev­ery­thing to as­sist.

“Coun­cil is there to be or­gan­ised and ar­ranged for the peo­ple and by the peo­ple,” CrWaugh said.

“We want to do ev­ery­thing we can to help. This is a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion and I can’t say a big enough thank-you to all in­volved in the res­cue and re­cov­ery.

“Coun­cil and emer­gency ser­vices have been work­ing non-stop to get the re­gion back on its feet, andwe ap­pre­ci­ate peo­ple’s pa­tience in this dif­fi­cult time.”

Deputy Pre­mier Jeff Seeney brought Lo­cal Government Min­is­ter David Crisa­fulli to in­spect the dam­age in the Monto area onWed­nes­day.

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