CITY HEART STARTERS

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by John An­der­sen john. an­der­sen@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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HIGH sand lev­els in the lower Her­bert River are be­ing blamed for the higher than nor­mal flood lev­els which have left the com­mu­ni­ties of Lucinda, Hal­i­fax and Mack­nade iso­lated since Tues­day.

Res­i­dents have been with­out bread and milk since Tues­day, and most point the fin­ger of blame at sand lev­els which have been al­lowed to build up in the river.

‘‘ It’s like putting dirt in the bot­tom of bucket. You can’t put as much wa­ter in the bucket. That’s what it’s like with the Her­bert,’’ said Halif a x n e w s a g e n t R i c h a r d Cross.

Mr Cross said peo­ple were hav­ing to do with­out ne­ces­si­ties. He said the town­ship had been cut off for two days last week and for at least five days this week.

Andrew Carr, flood war­den at Cordelia Es­tate, a river­side com­mu­nity not far from Hal­i­fax, said the floods in re­cent years had be­come ‘‘ big­ger’’.

‘‘ The river can’t hold the wa­ter be­cause of the sand build-up,’’ he said.

‘ This is the fourth flood we’ve had since Christ­mas. It’s the fourth time we have been cut off,’’ he said.

‘‘ Usu­ally when we have a flood here at Cordelia ev­ery­one is out walk­ing around and talk­ing. They’re not now. I think ev­ery­one has had enough,’’ he said.

Stephen Fan­tuz from Hal­i­fax’s SPA Su­per­mar­ket said his shop had been with­out milk and bread since Tues- day. He said he would have hoped that an at­tempt would have been made to get bread and milk into the town be­fore yes­ter­day.

‘‘ Af­ter five days we still haven’t got any. This store ser­vices Mack­nade, Cordelia and Taylors Beach as well as Hal­i­fax. I think af­ter four or five days we should have been brought bread and milk. Peo­ple get an­noyed with me about it,’’ he said.

C a n e f a r m e r G r a h a m Hus­ton from the Sey­mour River area north of Ing­ham said his homestead was com­pletely cut off by f l ood­wa­ters.

‘‘ We’ve been cut off since Tues­day and it just keeps rain­ing. We can’t even leave the house,’’ he said.

Mr Hus­ton, who was only able to har­vest half his cane crop last year be­cause of the wet con­di­tions, said most of his plant cane this year had been washed away in the Fe­bru­ary floods.

‘‘ It’s a disas­ter,’’ he yes­ter­day.

Hinch­in­brook Mayor Pino Gian­domenico said that as far as the weather was con­cerned it was dif­fi­cult to see light at the end of the tun­nel.

‘‘ What can you do? You just have to cop it on the chin, We don’t re­ally know when the high­way might open,’’ he said.

Cr Gian­domenico said ef­forts were be­ing made yes­ter­day to get sup­plies and medicines out by he­li­copter to peo­ple cut off by flood­wa­ters.

The one road into the town of Lucinda at the mouth of the Her­bert River is cut off from Hal­i­fax by wa­ter near Gen­tle An­nie Creek.

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