Latest flood updates from North Burnett Regional Council

FRIDAY 5PM: 

Weather

Rainfall has ceased across the region with clear weather reported from all centres.

Forecast for the weekend is mostly sunny, with low probability of further showers.

The North Burnett Regional Council Local Disaster Management Group and Support Groups are still closely monitoring the situation and providing support where needed.

BOM has issued a Major Flood Warning for the upper Burnett River and Minor to Moderate Flood Warning for the lower Burnett River.

Transport

Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) are currently monitoring road closures.

Some of the major road closures include Monto-Mount Perry Road, Gayndah-Mount Perry Road and Kalpowar Road.

The Burnett Highway road between Monto and Biloela will remain closed until a Main Roads inspection has been carried out, though Reids and Sunday Creek are expected to fall soon.

Burnett Highway between Eidsvold and Monto, Gayndah - Mundubbera Road and Cracow Road are also closed.

Gin Gin to Mt Perry Road remains open to light vehicles only, due to road conditions at sidetrack at Moolboolaman. This will remain open with one lane and traffic control.

Mundubbera - Durong Road is closed at Boyne River and Coonambula Road closed at Jack Parr Bridge.

Residents are advised that even though water may not be over some roads, they may remain closed until inspections to check structural safety can occur.

Information on State Road closures can be found through the DTMR website www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au or by calling 13 19 40.

Information on Council-controlled road closures can be found at www.northburnett.qld.gov.au.

Residents are urged to take road closures seriously and not to attempt to cross flooded roads - even a small amount of water is enough to sweep a large vehicle off the road.

Structures affected

Percy Hindmarsh Bridge at Glencoe Rd near Rawbelle has been swept away by the flood and is seriously damaged.

Councillor Paul Lobegeier said Council will be putting a submission in to assess damage for the bridge.

"It's a pretty significant bridge that's gone under, one that services a lot of agricultural country," Cr Lobegeier said.

"We would be hoping that we can put a betterment claim in and make it wider and more suitable for the type of transport that uses it now."

People living in the area will have to take a detour to Glencoe and either go through Eidsvold or cut across Old Rawbelle Road depending on their needs.

Dahtlers Bridge at Monal has also suffered damage.

Power

All connection problems in Mundubbera have been fixed.

Ergon Energy spokesman, Rod Rehbein said the network outages were restored around 1pm.

"There are still problems across south-east Queensland but with regards to Mundubbera and the North Burnett region, all power has been restored," Rehbein said.

On- going problems are still occurring in the Kalpowar area with residents complaining of phone reception problems. Council is still investigating.

The North Burnett Transport Service was cancelled today and should be good to resume on Monday.

In Biggenden emergency services attended the sewerage system.

There was no public danger and the Department of Environment and Heritage was notified.

As a result the Isis Hwy was closed and an alternative route put in place.

Rubbish collection was postponed to the Monto area as a result of road closures.

Missed collections will be picked up next week once things dry out.

JJ Richards has advised that they intend to put a second truck on to assist with the collection backlog next week.

Residents in the Wuruma Dam, Abercorn Road, Kalpowar, Bukali Scrub Road and Bancroft areas are advised that rubbish bins in the area have not been collected.

FRIDAY 4.25PM: Sunwater has released official dam levels as a result of Cyclone Debbie making landfall during the week. Currently there are many dams across the North Burnett / Wide Bay area still experiencing problems with inundation.

The Boyne River now has a water capacity of 43.72% with a volume of 89,275ML.  

Cania Dam, which is currently spilling, has a capacity of 102.55%, equivalent to 90,839ML.  

Wuruma Dam has a capacity of 100.53% with 166,288ML recorded.   

With clear weather in the North Burnett region, the Local Disaster Management Group has downgraded the initial alert system to the 'Lean Forward' status.   

North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Cr Rachel Chambers said it was a huge relief.  

""With the information given to us through regional situational reports and a final fly over, we are confident that our people are safe, the river levels are stable and roads conditions and infrastructure are being managed as the water recedes," Cr Chambers said.  

"I would like to reassure all residents that the LDMG will continue to work with relevant agencies and local support groups to monitor the situation in all towns and provide assistance to affected residents where needed."  

Residents are urged to contact Council if they see any infrastructure problems once the water recedes.

FRIDAY 2.30PM: Rainfall has ceased across the North Burnett with clear weather reported from all centres.

The Local Disaster Management Group and Support Groups are still closely monitoring the situation and providing support where needed.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a major flood warning for the upper Burnett River and minor to moderate flood warning for the lower Burnett River.  

Some of the major road closures include:

  • Monto-Mount Perry Rd.
  • Gayndah-Mount Perry Rd.
  • Kalpowar Rd.
  • Burnett Hwy between Monto and Biloela Reids Creek and Sunday creek are expected to fall quickly but Hway will remain closed until a Main Roads inspection has been carried out.
  • Burnett Hwy - between Eidsvold and Monto.
  • Gin Gin to Mt Perry Rd remains open to light vehicles only, due to road conditions at sidetrack at Moolboolaman. This will remain open with one lane and traffic control.
  • Gayndah - Mundubbera Rd.
  • Mundubbera - Durong Rd closed at Boyne River.
  • Coonambula Rd closed at Jack Parr Bridge.
  • Cracow Rd - Closed.

FRIDAY 11AM: The North Burnett Regional Council was alerted this morning about problems with the Biggenden sewage system.

"Through council's systematic checking of the water infiltration in the Biggenden pump station sewage station, it was discovered that fuel has entered the system for a third party site," a council spokesperson said.

"Council officers have reacted immediately with all relevant emergency authorities on site with no danger to the public."

The Department of Environment and Heritage has been notified. Cleaning is expected to be finished today.

"Until this site is fully cleaned and the sewerage system flushed, the Isis highway will remain closed," the spokesperson said.

FRIDAY 10.45AM: It was a fierce thunderstorm that hit the North Burnett at midnight, causing localised flooding and road closures.

A tree fell onto powerlines in Mundubbera, causing over 400 homes to lose power.

Ergon Energy spokesman Rod Rehbein said the incident caused outages in the community.

POWER OUTAGE: A fierce storm hit the North Burnett region causing 400 homes to lose power.
POWER OUTAGE: A fierce storm hit the North Burnett region causing 400 homes to lose power. Philippe Coquerand

"We had a few hundred homes lose power and currently there is still 115 homes without power," Mr Rehbein said.

Ergon Energy has been working all morning on the repairs and should be completed by early afternoon.

"They expect the power to be back around 1pm," Mr Rehbein said.

"In this sort of incident, when a tree hits a power-line it will take everybody on that line."

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said the Burnett River would have minor to major flooding in part of the catchment, with minor flood levels possible at Bundaberg later on during the week.

"Rainfall has eased with rainfall overnight less than 5mm. No further significant rain is expected on Friday," the spokesperson said.


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