Esk residents begin clean-up
THE clean-up began for business owners and residents hammered by a flash flood in Esk on Monday.
Rainfall of 131mm and 150mm on consecutive days in the Brisbane Valley town caused Redbank Creek and Sandy Creek to burst their banks just before 2pm, flooding most of the main street.
Esk post office owner Greg McLachlan said the town was a mess yesterday after the water level dropped.
“There’s a lot of rubbish and people are out and about cleaning up,” he said.
The disaster caught many people off guard – with the caravan park one of the worst hit areas.
Three Somerset council workers waded through the floodwater to assist those stranded in the caravan park during the flash flood.
Two empty demountables were washed away in the torrent and houses were evacuated in Russell Street and Francis Terrace.
Further to the south-west toward Lowood and Brightview, many residents remained isolated due to heavy rain on Monday night and early yesterday.
Brightview farmer Trent Kammholz said the Woolshed and Lockyer creeks were keeping most locals indoors.
“We’ve had more than 100mm (Tuesday) morning which has compounded the situation,” Mr Kammholz said.
“It’s the second time Brightview has been cut off since Christmas.”