Flood takes toll on Somerset crops, farm machines

WASHED OUT: Ivory Creek Rd in Toogoolawah shows the power of destructive water.
WASHED OUT: Ivory Creek Rd in Toogoolawah shows the power of destructive water. Contributed

NEARLY 100 homes and farms in Somerset were swamped in the recent floods, while about 240 farmers lost crops and farm equipment.

According to figures released by the Somerset Regional Council, farmers in the region were worst affected by last month's flood.

"The disaster has taken its toll on the region with 35 homes inundated by floodwater, 60 farms suffering water inundation and an estimated further 240 farms suffering losses to crops and machinery," the statement said.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the council had started repairs on several damaged roads particularly where residents had become isolated.

"It will be a long road to recovery as the community had not fully recovered from 2011. However, we hope to have the majority of road infrastructure rebuilt in the next 12 months," Cr Lehmann said.

"Council will also continue to work with various support agencies to ensure the necessary assistance is provided to impacted residents and farmers."

Cr Lehmann said the Recovery Centre at the Lowood Showgrounds, which was fully operational within days of the flood, was still operating to help affected residents.

The centre's hours of operation have been scaled back to 9.30am to 4.30pm seven days a week until further notice.

Days of operation are regularly being reviewed based on demand for the service.

The distribution centre at the Lowood Showgrounds is no longer accepting donations of clothing, food, linen or cleaning equipment after a generous amount of goods was donated within the first few days.

Council flood recovery officer Jane Williamson said the centre was operating effectively.

"The community spirit has been overwhelming with many residents and businesses offering their support by donating various goods to the centre," she said.

Topics:  flood 2013, somerset region



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