Region responds to floods
IPSWICH’S Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) convened yesterday to determine the city’s response to possible floods.
LDMG deputy chairman Trevor Nardi said the group was acting in part on rainfall forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).
“BoM is saying we could have an increase overnight. That would lead to minor to moderate flooding,” Cr Nardi said.
“It’s all precautionary, but we’re better off being on the front foot than the back foot.”
Heavy falls led to an upgrade of the flood level at David Trumpy Bridge over the Bremer River, which peaked at 11 metres about 3pm.
That’s similar to 2008 when Ipswich suffered quite serious flooding, but Cr Nardi said this time shouldn’t be as bad because there wasn’t as much water coming down Bundamba Creek to back-up the Bremer.
However, he spent yesterday afternoon advising residents and business owners in flood-prone areas including around Bundamba Creek to be on standby in case levels rose quickly.
“The LDMG had a meeting just before Christmas and we went into what they call the ‘lean forward position’. That means we’re aware of the situation, we’re monitoring it and we’ve got people on standby in case the situation gets worse.
“We’re still in that position. The next stage is ‘stand up’.”
Cr Nardi said it was too early to determine how costly the floods could be; the priority was to repair damage to major roads.
Kholo Bridge went under water last week and receding water revealed dreadful damage to the road approaching it.
“There will be expense, but I can’t really put a figure on it yet,” he said. “At this stage I would think it would be in the tens of thousands rather than a hundred thousand or more.
“What we’re doing at the moment is mainly fixing the major roads straight away.
“After we settle down early in the New Year we’ll look at the rest of the damage and what needs to be done to fix that.
“I understand the damage at the Kholo Bridge is on the Brisbane side. College’s Crossing is sure to be damaged again as well, but we’ll assess that later on.
“I don’t think it will be as bad as last time because the water is being released from Wivenhoe at a slower rate that last time.”