Councillor Glenda Mather and Nerimbera resident Allan Vaughan survey the damage at Black Creek, near the latter's property. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Councillor Glenda Mather and Nerimbera resident Allan Vaughan survey the damage at Black Creek, near the latter's property. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Fallen trees add to Black Crk blockage and flooding issues

LARGE trees causing a blockage at Black Creek in Nerimbera are like salt to a flesh wound for 74-year-old resident Dianna Vaughan.

Black Creek, which runs next to her 1.21ha property in Nerimbera School Rd, is already blocked from years of silt build-up.

So, several large trees reinforcing that blockage pose more of a flooding threat to Dianna's home, along with other houses in the area.

Before Cyclone Marcia, her place resembled the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, with lush flora and fauna galore.

The devastation Marcia caused at Dianna's home is equivalent to the destruction at the botanic gardens.

Dianna, who is now retired after years as a musician and performer, has been living at her home with her husband Allan Vaughan (a retired carpenter), for more than 50 years.

She believes the next Rockhampton downpour will result in creek water flowing on to her property.

That has happened before.

In the 2013 floods, following Cyclone Oswald, water about 1m deep swamped her house.

She wants that to be the worst encounter with floodwater.

"I don't want it to happen again... that'll likely be the case if these trees blocking the creek aren't moved," she said.

Dianna said it had been years since the creek was flowing because of a build-up of silt from the Nerimbera quarry.

The task to clean up the trees is massive.

She said the work would require heavy machinery.

A Livingstone Shire Council spokesman said the local government body, in conjunction with other agencies in the Local Disaster Coordination Centre, had assessed the situation at Black Creek.

"The council is considering what assistance might be able to be provided and it is anticipated that further detail may be available in this regards next week," the council spokesman said.



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