Floods to isolate Emerald
THE last road in and out of Emerald is expected to be cut tonight.
It is expected the Nogoa River will close Emerald’s main bridge on the Capricorn Highway this evening when it is expected to reach a level of 14.5 metres before rising to around 15.3 metres on Friday.
The Dawson River reached 15.36 metres in 2008 and residents are preparing for a similar onslaught with several houses already evacuated.
Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Peter Maguire said homes on Riverview Road had been evacuated with council providing emergency accommodation at the Emerald Agricultural College on the eastern side and at the Town Hall on the western side of the river.
“The John Gay Bridge is still closed and will remain closed for days to come,” Cr Maguire said.
“The Comet River is still rising and is heading to a significant flood level and is being closely monitored. The Dawson River has closed the highway and the worst-case scenario is that all roads in and out of Emerald will be closed when the Nogoa River Bridge goes over,” he said.
The river was at 11.75 metres about midday yesterday.
Businesses in the Emerald Market Plaza on Egerton Street have been advised to be ready to leave by this afternoon.
Several shops in the centre lost stock in 2008 as floodwaters entered the area.
Cr Maguire said power would have to be turned off to the area, and businesses should be preparing to evacuate.