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Ipswich City Council hopeful of low floods repair bill

RIVER RUN WILD: Overlooking the River Heart Parklands on Wednesday.
RIVER RUN WILD: Overlooking the River Heart Parklands on Wednesday. Sarah Harvey

IPSWICH City Council is still counting the cost but it seems the city has emerged largely unscathed from last week's flood.

In January 2011, about 3000 Ipswich homes and business were affected as the Bremer River peaked at 19.4m, with 750 homes inundated by floodwater.

This year, the numbers are much lower.

City infrastructure committee chairwoman Cheryl Bromage said 15 businesses had been impacted, as well as 30 houses and eight units.

The Unilink student accommodation block on Salisbury Rd, near the Ipswich Showgrounds, was badly affected with 28 units damaged.

"You can't compare two floods because every flood is different but at first look from 2011 to what we have now, the infrastructure damage is nowhere near as bad as it was then," Cr Bromage said.

At first look from 2011 to what we have now, the infrastructure damage is nowhere near as bad as it was then.

The road surface of the One Mile Bridge at Leichhardt was ripped off but the road was able to be opened yesterday morning.

An assessment of the cost of repairing it was still being made, Cr Bromage said.

"At this stage, the One Mile Bridge would seem to be the most damaged," she said.

"The base of the bridge has only just appeared from out of the water and the old bridge has also just popped out of the water."

The other Ipswich bridge that had to be closed after the flood was the Hancock Bridge, but it was on the road to being back to normal.

"We got a preliminary report from the engineers that allowed us to increase the speed limit of the Hancock Bridge at Brassall to 60kmh from 10kmh," Cr Bromage said.

"We'll have a further report on that in the middle of the week.

"The rapid assessment team is still doing a final check of the city as we speak."

The damage at Colleges Crossing can't be assessed yet because it's still under water but other playgrounds in the city fared fairly well.

Cr Bromage said the water had just subsided from the bridges at River Heart and Robelle Domain and River Heart stage two would be open today.

"The water didn't even get up into the play area of River Heart stage two," she said.

"On the deck at River Heart stage one, basically the damage was some mulch and trees and a couple of light poles. We haven't got a price on that yet.

"In stage two it was the same thing - light poles bent over and mulch and some plants lost.

"At Joseph Brady Park at Karalee that we just reopened after the 2011 floods, there's no infrastructure damage; there's only missing mulch, plants and soft-fall."

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