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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.