Deluge cuts off town
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.