Flooded CQ rivers peaking

THE Dawson River at Theodore, 200km south-west of Rockhampton, is expected to peak today at the major flood level of 12.2 metres.

Banana Shire Acting Mayor Maureen Clancy yesterday told The Morning Bulletin some low-lying farmlands and crops were expected to go under, but the town would not be affected.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts the Dawson River near Moura will peak at the moderate flood level of 11.5 metres tomorrow night, and at the major flood level of 11 metres near Baralaba on Wednesday or Thursday.

Baralaba has already been cut in half after the bridge in the middle of the township was submerged by the rising flood water late last week.

Cr Clancy predicted the bridge would be flooded for at least two weeks.

“It’s quite a problem for Baralaba people,” she said.

“The township is split and to get the kids to school on Wednesday is going to be by boat.”

Cr Clancy said the town of 250 people had already been cut in half for 10 or 11 weeks this year.

She said she would meet with Department of Main Roads officials on Wednesday about raising the bridge.

“It’s a shame and it’s something that needs to be addressed,” Cr Clancy said.



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