FLOOD HIGHS AND LOWS

Bur­nett re­groups af­ter wild weather

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

MA­JOR DAM­AGE: The Bridge on Glen­coe Rd, near Monto, was swept away by flood wa­ters.

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