Trucks and heavy vehicles in Quay Street as floodwater recedes.
Trucks and heavy vehicles in Quay Street as floodwater recedes. Sharyn Oneill

Damage costs surge to well over $300m

THERE is at least $300 million worth of flood repair work to be done on Central Queensland's roads and bridges - and that's just the amount still to be completed from 2011.

Just how much damage has been done this time will be assessed in coming days, but it's likely to run into the hundreds of millions of dollars considering the amount of damage to key infrastructure like the Mt Morgan Range and the Neerkol Creek Bridge.

The damage seems to be less widespread than in 2011.

Then the repair bill to the region's main transport routes and bridges was about $900 million.

Department of Transport and Main Roads Fitzroy regional director Terry Hill yesterday said the most recent figure was hard to predict at this stage.

Mr Hill said department officers had spent the past week working hard to get traffic on the road and the focus for the next few days was now on assessing the damage and planning the recovery.

He said about $300m to $400m worth of work was still to be completed from the 2011 flood.

"We still had about 12 to 18 months of work to go and now we have this work on top of that," Mr Hill said.

A Rockhampton Regional Council spokeswoman said it was too early to know the cost of flood damage across the region.

"As many areas are still inundated by water, the extent of damage to roads and infrastructure is still unknown," she said. "Once the water has receded, council will conduct a full audit."

Mayor Margaret Strelow said the damage bill for the region could be similar to the 2011 flood, even though the Fitzroy's level this time was lower.

Cr Strelow said she hoped the council wouldn't have to go further into debt to fix infrastructure as most of it should be covered by federal funding.

She said sporting and recreational facilities loomed as the largest cost to council.



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