Work will continue on Mt Sylvia Rd which was washed away again by Thursday night’s rain.
Work will continue on Mt Sylvia Rd which was washed away again by Thursday night’s rain. Rob Williams

Heavy falls wash away recovery

LOCKYER Valley residents, who were isolated for several weeks, have been dealt another blow with sections of a major road being washed away again.

Mt Sylvia Rd, a main road connecting Gatton with the communities of Mt Sylvia, Junction View, West Haldon and Black Duck, suffered extensive damage on December 27 when heavy rain caused it to break away.

Main Roads has been completing emergency works on the main thoroughfare for the past few weeks, but heavy rain overnight Thursday caused more damage to the road network.

Mt Sylvia resident Julia Crust said creek foundations around the road and rocks on one section had been washed away.

A young Lockyer Valley resident who used the road early yesterday morning to get to work narrowly avoided serious injury.

“He drove over exposed steel pipes in the road that he could not see because of the fresh water in the creek,” Mrs Crust said.

“Brian (Mrs Crust’s husband) was able to get the tractor and pull his vehicle out on its belly. The wheels are all buckled.

“He is lucky that he didn’t roll his vehicle. We are very glad and relieved that he is okay.”

A Main Roads spokesman said crews had worked throughout yesterday morning to reopen the road and four-wheel-drive access was now available.

“This has put us back in the exact position of a couple of weeks ago,” the spokesman said.

Continued heavy rainfall in the area is further hampering repair efforts, he said.

“Due to this recent heavy rainfall and the rising creek, it was necessary to close Mt Sylvia Road to all vehicles this morning. This has been a major setback to the restoration effort with nearly complete works being washed away and further damage sustained to the already vulnerable road.”

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