Roads closed but Emerald is safe

Peter Maguire, Mayor of Central Highlands.
Peter Maguire, Mayor of Central Highlands. File

CENTRAL Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire yesterday said while Emerald remained safe from flooding, a number of roads in the area had been cut.

"The Gregory Highway between Emerald and Capella is closed at Theresa Creek which won't peak until tonight (Friday)," he said.

"We're not expecting it to reopen until Sunday morning."

Cr Maguire said the John Gay Bridge in Emerald was also closed to traffic, as well as the Dawson Hwy between Springsure and Rolleston.

The Fairbairn Dam was expected to peak tonight at 1.2m over the spillway.

"This will mean an 8.9m peak at the Vince Lester Bridge," Cr Maguire said.

"That won't be a problem for us and no homes will be affected."

In the Isaac region, Mayor Cedric Marshall said there had been many coast and inland disruptions, including the Bruce Hwy on the coast and Peak Downs in the west.

"Mine staff and residents have been stranded on roads until council staff have been able to clear logs and debris carried by flood waters," Cr Marshall said.

Flood warnings are still in place for coastal rivers and creeks and the adjacent inland catchment from St Lawrence to Maryborough.

Cr Marshall said the council was gathering data on the amount of damage to infrastructure in the region to obtain declaration of disaster.

In the Gladstone region, the Awoonga Dam was expected to peak at 42m last night, resulting in a closure of the Gladstone-Monto Rd near Nellie Simpson Rd.

Other major roads within the region already cut included the Bundaberg-Miriam Vale Rd at Essendean Bridge, Alligator Flats and Needle Flats, and Fingerboard Rd near Miriam Vale.

This will mean an 8.9m peak at the Vince Lester Bridge

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