Carlee Agius inspects the height of the Dee River in Mount Morgan after residents raised fears it was getting close to some homes.
Carlee Agius inspects the height of the Dee River in Mount Morgan after residents raised fears it was getting close to some homes. Sharyn Oneill

Mt Morgan residents flock to dam

AS the rain continued to come down in Mount Morgan it was the dam and the rising Dee River that was attracting all the attention yesterday.

Mount Morgan News owner Kerrilyn Page said visitors and locals had been heading to the dam to see how much water it had collected.

“The dam is the hot spot at the moment,” Kerrilyn said.

“If they put a toll on the road to the dam they would raise significant funds.”

Despite road closure signs, people still continued to chance the road to the dam yesterday, with Kerrilyn reporting that local television and radio news crews got their vehicles bogged at the dam.

“A good Samaritan helped and even they got bogged.”

Kerrilyn said it had been good to see the Dee River get a good run of water, giving it a flush-out.

“It is the highest it has been since they extended the dam in the late 90s.

“It is not the first time the dam has been over, it has been over several times, most recently three weeks ago, but it was at full capacity when this rain started.”

Carlee Agius, property manager from Raine and Horne in Rockhampton, headed to Mt Morgan for the day yesterday to inspect properties for owners and take photos of the water levels.

With some clients in River Street reporting the level was approaching their backyards, she said they would now wait to see how high the water would rise.




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