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Damage bill for Somerset region to be in excess of $20m

OBLITERATED: Mayor Graeme Lehmann inspects the damage at Ivory Creek Rd in Toogoolawah.
OBLITERATED: Mayor Graeme Lehmann inspects the damage at Ivory Creek Rd in Toogoolawah. Contributed

FLOODED residents of the Somerset region could remain isolated for more than a week.

The Somerset Regional Council will be boating food into properties in areas including Harlin, Lake Manchester and England Creek Rd near Fernvale which are expected to be cut off for another week while dam releases continue.

Already the council has identified 17 properties in the southern portion of the council area that had water through them.

They include premises in Patrick Estate and Clarendon where houses were flooded in 2011.

According to a rapid assessment by the council and the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service some houses had up to 1.5m of water through them.

"The Somerset Regional Council and QFRS have assessed communities impacted by the floods south of Esk," a council spokeswoman said.

"However, some isolated communities are yet to be assessed."

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the council was expecting the damage bill for the region to be in excess of $20 million.

"It's unfortunate considering the majority of these roads and bridges have only recently been repaired following the 2011 floods but we will continue to move forward," he said.

The majority of these roads and bridges have only recently been repaired following the 2011 floods.

Cr Lehmann said work was already beginning to provide affected residents with a range of support services.

"We want to get our residents the help they need and assist them to get back on their feet as quickly as possible," he said.

"There are some difficulties assisting a few residents because floodwaters have not completely subsided but we are aware of these properties and have services on hand to assist them when we're able to gain access to these isolated residents.

"We also have some residents in parts of the region who will remain isolated for some time due to infrastructure damage or releases from Wivenhoe Dam.

We also have some residents in parts of the region who will remain isolated for some time due to infrastructure damage or releases from Wivenhoe Dam.

"These residents are across the region including Harlin, Dundas, Mt Tarampa, Borallon, Brightview, Patrick Estate, Clarendon and surrounding communities.

A recovery centre has been set up at the Lowood Showgrounds off Railway St and will operate seven days from 9am to 4.30pm until further notice.

Cr Lehmann thanked the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service for assisting residents with the flood clean-up.

"They have been doing an absolutely fantastic job assisting residents with the clean-up and offering wash-down services of their homes," Cr Lehmann said.

"The SES crews have also been doing a wonderful job helping people wherever possible and we also appreciate their assistance."

Ivory Creek Road Toogoolawah. Photo: Contributed
Ivory Creek Road Toogoolawah. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Topics:  fernvale mayor graeme lehmann somerset regional council water releases



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