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Aldershot houses inundated as area isolated by floodwaters

One of the houses in Aldershot taking in water midafternoon on Sunday. The high tide is expected to cause further inundation. Photo: Robyne Cuerel / Fraser Coast Chronicle
One of the houses in Aldershot taking in water midafternoon on Sunday. The high tide is expected to cause further inundation. Photo: Robyne Cuerel / Fraser Coast Chronicle Robyne Cuerel

MORE than a dozen houses were inundated at Aldershot, trapping several families, after a "mini-cyclone" tore through the area about 6.30am on Sunday.

Tinh Lawton with her dog Kitty was emotional after being ferried across the Bruce Highway in a boat after her home in Aldershot was flooded. Photo: Robyne Cuerel / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Tinh Lawton with her dog Kitty was emotional after being ferried across the Bruce Highway in a boat after her home in Aldershot was flooded. Photo: Robyne Cuerel / Fraser Coast Chronicle Robyne Cuerel

Resident Jeff Lawton said water was through his yard at Dunn St by daybreak and by 10am it was knee-deep throughout his raised house.

"It was like a mini cyclone came through about 6.30am; the water rose really quickly," he said.

"Our neighbour came to get us on his boat, and we stayed at their place for a few hours because they were a bit higher up."

Access to the outside world was cut after Saltwater Creek rose rapidly, washing out a long stretch of the Bruce Hwy.

As the floods continued to rise, Mr Lawton and his family, along with their dog, were ferried across the flooded creek to Maryborough by Rob Hart, who helped take several people to safety in his tinny.

"There's a lot of people isolated out there, and there's no power," Mr Lawton said.

One resident estimated between 35 and 50 people were isolated in the town without electricity, including several families with small children.

However, he said spirits remained high and neighbours were helping those whose homes were inundated.

Several cars were also damaged in the floods.

Topics:  aldershot, flooded, houses, isolated, oswald




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