Further heavy rain has caused flooding across the region and spectators were keen to witness the flooded Allawah Road weir at Chuwar.
Further heavy rain has caused flooding across the region and spectators were keen to witness the flooded Allawah Road weir at Chuwar. David Nielsen

Brisbane River reaches new heights

THE last direct link between Ipswich and Karana Downs was blocked yesterday as a flooded Brisbane River reached new heights.

Allawah Road has taken a regular beating since Colleges Crossing was first closed, due to releases from Wivenhoe Dam, in October last year.

But the arrival of extra water from Lockyer Creek pushed the Brisbane River about 1.5m over the Mt Crosby Weir crossing, blocking the only alternative to Colleges Crossing.

Not that locals seemed to mind too much.

Scores of sightseers parked vehicles at various vantage points along the river yesterday – mostly around the flooded crossings at Fernvale, Kholo and Mt Crosby.

North Booval resident Glen Streets, 30, said he hadn’t seen water over Mt Crosby weir and would be taking photos for his young son.

“It’s just an incredible sight,” Mr Streets said.

“I remember my mother telling me stories about the 1974 floods – well I don’t think we’ve even seen the last of this one just yet.”

Flooding at Colleges Crossing was so bad that Ipswich City Council was forced to relocate the kiosk and caretaker cottage to higher ground.

Ipswich City Council’s parks committee chair Councillor David Morrison said it was the first time in more than a decade that such action had been necessary.

“The last time it was moved was in 1998,” Cr Morrison said.

“They will stay where they are depending on weather forecasts and the river’s condition.”

Both buildings were moved to land near the intersection of Mt Crosby and Allawah roads.

It is not known how long the Brisbane River will remain at such an extraordinary height, with water grid authorities forced to release large volumes from Wivenhoe Dam despite the already heavy flows coming in from the Lockyer Valley, due to the expectation of even more rain.



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