US team looks at airport
THE United States army might pitch in to help limit future flood risks to a vital airport in central Queensland.
An engineering team from the United States arrived in Rockhampton yesterday to see what help the army might provide.
The city’s airport was waterlogged for 23 days during January’s floods, severing a vital supply line in the region. Premier Anna Bligh said there was a chance the team would recommend the US army help mitigate future flood risks to the facility.
The airport has been a strategic position for US troops in Australia.
Since the mid-1960s, it has been a key landing strip for countless joint-training operations, centred on the nearby Shoalwater Bay military training area.
In World War II, more than 70,000 American soldiers were stationed in the Rockhampton area.