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South Burnett’s nerves wear thin

After taking photos of the Wooroolin swamp's first overflow, Barney Horne releases a fish back that was washed up onto the road.
After taking photos of the Wooroolin swamp's first overflow, Barney Horne releases a fish back that was washed up onto the road. Jordan Philp

ISOLATED residents in Kingaroy and Murgon are losing patience as flooding forces evacuations and cuts off road access.

South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said authorities were coping, but the pressure of facing two major floods in the space of a month was taking its toll.

"We don't want any more rain, but the forecasts aren't looking good... I can't believe I'm saying that," he said.

"We needed rain and plenty of it prior to Australia Day, but it came and has continued.

"We're dealing with it, but we're struggling.

"People just need to take it easy.

"Even when the water recedes, there is going to be significant damage to our roads."

Evacuation centres set up at Kingaroy and Murgon on Tuesday will remain open tonight.

"We also have a couple of other towns (Blackbutt and Nanango) on standby," Cr Kratzmann said.

Cr Kratzmann said people in Byee and Brooklands were evacuated, as were farming families on low-lying properties in Silverleaf.

Murgon has been cut off since yesterday.

"People are getting impatient and wanting to travel, but the bridge between Wondai and Murgon is still under water," Cr Kratzmann said.

"Murgon is still isolated, with access also cut to Cherbourg."

The biggest issue the region faces, apart from road access, is sewerage.

"There are also health issues with pumps for water and sewerage that have gone under," Cr Kratzmann said.

"Everything is okay, but we won't know the full cost of the damage until they're back out of the water.''

Kingaroy SES local controller John Kefford said 19 people spent last night in Murgon's evacuation centre.

"There have been a few sandbagging jobs, but no flooding (of buildings) that I've heard of," he said,

"Some people are getting upset because they are stuck on properties with no way of getting into town.''

Topics:  floods, kingaroy, murgon, rain, south burnett, weather




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