US team looks at air­port

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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.

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