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'There's no way in and there's no way out'

FLOODING is fast approaching the heights of the 2011 disaster, and the river keeps rising.

Five people were reported missing at Reids Creek near Gayndah at 3am this morning and are still unaccounted for.

At least two houses are underwater at Reids Creek, and local SES crews had to use a boat to evacuate property owners due to flooded roads.

Mundubbera has lost power and people are being evacuated.

Yesterday the Burnett River height was 6m at Gayndah and today the river is 15.3m. In 2011 the river peaked at 16.2m.

David Wilson from the Gayndah SES said virtually all roads were closed off around town.

"There's no way in and there's no way out," Mr Wilson said.

"And there's still a lot of water to come through," he said.

Mr Wilson said SES crews and firefighters had been working non-stop for the past 26 hours.

Evacuation centres are open at Monto and Mundubbera town halls and at the Burnett State High school in Gayndah.

BSC Principal Corey Munson said the school had taken in ten residents seeking shelter last night and would remain open tonight.

Residents are advised to listen to the radio and seek shelter at evacuation centres if the river continues to rise.

Update: The five people unaccounted for have been located and are safe.

Topics:  flood, gayndah, monto, mundubbera



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