Hervey Bay-Torbanlea Road was covered by up to 40cm of water during a downpour earlier this year.
Hervey Bay-Torbanlea Road was covered by up to 40cm of water during a downpour earlier this year. Fraser Coast Chronicle.

State kicks in for flood repair

A MOTHER and her three children were rescued from a car that was quickly filling with water; other people waited for help in their stranded caravans.

A rope was used to pull a man to safety after his station wagon washed off the Bruce Highway, while gravel and bitumen were stripped from roads and potholes were created under water a metre-and-a-half deep.

Fraser Coast dams overflowed after 13 inches of rain was recorded across the region with Miva, Teddington Weir, Gootchie and Gundiah bearing the brunt of wild weather.

Heavy rain bucketed down from Rockhampton to the Gold Coast while flood warnings for coastal streams and rivers, including the Mary River, were issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.

That was April 14.

Now, six months later, the Queensland Government has announced more than $400,000 has been allocated to the Fraser Coast Regional Council for disaster assistance.

The money will help cover the costs of a $549,000 repair bill after the storm damaged 75 roads across the district.

Fraser Coast councillor in charge of infrastructure David Dalgleish said that because damage was so widespread around Tiaro and Woocoo the council was slightly behind on maintenance, however most of the work had been carried out.

Local Government Minister Desley Boyle described the April floods as sudden and dramatic. She commended the council on how quickly it sprang into action.

The council has received $408,910 in funding.

Some of the road works finished include:

  • Old Coach Road, Oakhurst - $42,933
  • Tinnanbar Road, Tinnanbar - $15,444
  • Dakins Road, Gundiah - $14,300
  • Sheehans Road, Gootchie - $14,300
  • Owanyilla Boundary Road East, Mungar - $13,943

Read more about the floods in the Fraser Coast region.

See flood disaster photos.




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