FLOOD HIGHS AND LOWS
Burnett regroups after wild weather
THE aftermath of last week’s flooding has left people out at Glencoe Rd cut off.
Producers in the area are unable to access properties and have been forced to take major detours to reach important services.
Resident Kylie Henderson said the closest service centre for many was Eidsvold, 100km away.
“Losing the most direct, fastest route for emergency services to reach us is probably the biggest concern since the Percy Hindmarsh Bridge was washed away,” Mrs Henderson said.
“Until the council puts in a temporary crossing, we lose access to the closest most direct service centres in Monto and Biloela where the majority of business takes place.
“Alternative routes for producers to truck livestock in or out may need to be taken which will inflict extra costs on the producers and unneeded stress on livestock.”
Services such as mail and fuel will be restricted until a temporary structure is put in.
Councillor Paul Lobegeier said the council would be putting a submission in to assess damage to the bridge.
“It’s a pretty significant bridge that’s gone under, one that services a lot of agricultural country,” Cr Lobegeier said.
“We would be hoping that we can put a betterment claim in and make it wider and more suitable for the type of transport that uses it now.”
At the moment it is possible for a tractor to cross the river.
Mrs Henderson said residents in the area had planned to put gravel upstream from the fallen bridge as a temporary measure, but the job was too big to manage.
AFTER THE FLOODS: Biggenden's Ben Buczma and Blake Bechly show how much fun the floods can bring as they go down the rock pools at Utopia.
MAJOR DAMAGE: The Bridge on Glencoe Rd, near Monto, was swept away by flood waters.