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.
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