Even livestock transporter Ben Hay thought the floodwater stank along Lakes Creek Rd.
Even livestock transporter Ben Hay thought the floodwater stank along Lakes Creek Rd. Allan Reinikka Rokaflood

Receding flood waters raise stink

MANURE in Ben Hay's cattle truck was actually a reprieve as the stench of the receding flood waters wafted through the car window.

Driving along Rockhampton's Lakes Creek Rd yesterday like a dog with its head out of the window, judging the pong of the flood water, was a stinky task - and this dog did not like what it could smell.

Even Ben, owner of Baralaba's Ben Hay Livestock Transport, yesterday said he regretted having his windows down as he travelled over Thozets Creek, which was letting off a major stink of rotten vegetation; the usual side effects of receding flood water.

Ben pulled over at The Lakes Takeaway to get lunch, and overhearing the conversation, worker Letisha Murphy laughed as she said she had blamed a nearby garden centre for the odour.

"I thought they had manure hidden out the back. I've been saying that to customers who ask if I knew where the stench was coming from," she said.

"I don't notice it over the smell of chicken and the deep fryer. In the last flood, the smell from that was horrid."

Letisha said she and her family had sold all of the stock and turned everything off in preparation of the expected flood peak, but thankfully this time, the flood water did not reach the store.



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