(from left) State Member for Warrego Howard Hobbs, resident Rob Cornish and Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott inspect a flood-stained safari suit in Mitchell.
(from left) State Member for Warrego Howard Hobbs, resident Rob Cornish and Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott inspect a flood-stained safari suit in Mitchell. Western Star

Mud armies start the clean-up

AS floodwaters subside in south-west Queensland, the first "mud army" clean-up crews have begun to emerge.

In Roma and Mitchell, flooded residents and volunteers have teamed up to bring the town back from the mud-covered brink.

Charleville residents are yet to get the all-clear to return to their homes and most of St George's 3000 residents are still in evacuation centres in nearby towns.

Maranoa Regional Council has sent two water trucks to Roma to help residents wash out their homes.

Residents across the flood zone are now faced with another threat - the murky waters have become the perfect breeding ground for mosquitos.

"Fogging machines will be brought in from Brisbane today to assist with mosquito control in Mitchell and Roma.

Hopefully this will aid in making the clean up a little more comfortable," Mayor Robert Loughnan said.

In Mitchell, 100 properties are still without electricity.

Power should be restored within the next two days.

The main bridge into Mitchell remains closed to all vehicles, but foot traffic has been allowed.

"Council has secured supplies of emergency food and grocery items which will be distributed from the Mitchell Show Grounds," Cr Loughnan said yesterday.

"Grocery shops in Mitchell will reopen progressively commencing in the next 24 hours."

More than 2200 St George evacuees are yet to return to their town.

Hundreds spent the night at evacuation centres in Dalby, while dozens were housed in temporary accommodation at Brisbane's RNA Showgrounds.

The water in St George is expected to peak at 14 metres today, below the highest of the levees protecting the town.

The floodwaters will move downstream to cotton-growing town Dirranbandi in the coming days.

Queensland Police Service has assured a strong presence is taking place in Mitchell and Roma to ensure a high level of security for flood affected properties.



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