Mt Sylvia Road at Mt Sylvia has been completely destroyed by floodwater and residents are unable to gain access to nearby Gatton.
Mt Sylvia Road at Mt Sylvia has been completely destroyed by floodwater and residents are unable to gain access to nearby Gatton.

Residents still cut off by floods

HUNDREDS of Lockyer Valley residents remain cut off by floodwater more than a month after the first bout of severe storms lashed the region decimating infrastructure.

Residents living south-west of Gatton have had no phones, no internet access since Boxing Day and said it is “virtually impossible” to leave their properties unless using make-shift “goat tracks”.

Several roads and bridges around the Mt Sylvia, Woodbine, Junction View, West Haldon and Black Duck areas had been washed away, making it difficult for residents to get in or out.

Mt Sylvia resident Julia Crust said she understood priorities had shifted in recent weeks to nearby towns where people’s homes and lives had been destroyed.

“Our problem is minor in comparison,” Mrs Crust said.

“The loss of bridges and main roads though has meant many of us are unable to get in or out safely or without great difficulty and some families haven’t been able to call anyone since Christmas.”

Prior to the January 10 floods that wreaked havoc in the Lockyer Valley, residents living in the affected rural towns were being assisted to have their phone lines restored and temporary repairs to road thoroughfares completed.

“Telstra sent us some satellite phones but they don’t work so we’ve sort of given up on that,” Mrs Crust said.

A trip to Gatton for essential grocery items would usually take residents living in the isolated areas about 20 minutes by car. Now the journey takes an hour.

“About three days ago though, Main Roads started making a temporary track for us to get into town, right next to where the road used to be before it washed away, but it’s only suitable to four-wheel drives,” Mrs Crust said.

Lockyer Valley mayor Steve Jones said council staff were doing the “best they can” to fix damaged infrastructure.

“We are working with Main Roads to get this done as soon as possible,” Cr Jones said.

ROAD CLOSURES

There are more than 40 roads closed in the Lockyer Valley due to flooding. Here is some of them:

Black Duck Creek Road, Junction View

Mount Sylvia Road

Thallon Road, Kensington Grove

Whiteway Road, Forest Hill

Niethe Road, Lockrose

Winwill Connection Road, Grantham

Wesslings Road, Ropeley

Peters Road, Thornton

Mount Sylvia Road

McGarrigal Road, Blenheim

Lockrose Road North, Lockrose

Neimeyer Road, Hatton Vale

Curtin Road, Crowley Vale



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