Spectators flood in
A FLOODED and fast-flowing Colleges Crossing didn’t scare away sightseers and those just wanting to escape the summer heat yesterday.
The opening of one of the five gates at Wivenhoe Dam on Monday has resulted in the second closure of Mt Crosby Road at the popular swimming hole in three months.
While the water level hasn’t reached anything close to what it was last time, visitors were still parking their cars near the crossing to take photos.
Although locals will remember countless occasions over the years when the crossing has been flooded, several years of drought have made the sight of high water somewhat of a novelty – especially for those newer to the area.
Brisbane man Ian Parkin said he missed the larger flood back in October, when all five gates were opened and the Brisbane River swelled so much that most of the Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve was inundated.
“We didn’t see it last time so we thought we’d come down for a look and to take a few photos,” he said.
“This is the first time I’ve ever seen the water come up over the bridge.”
People who usually travel along Mt Crosby Road were forced to take a short detour along Allawah Road and Stumers Road and cross the Brisbane River at the one-lane Mt Crosby Weir.
No major traffic problems were reported, however there was a minor two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Mt Crosby Road and Allawah Road about 7.55am yesterday morning.
A six-year-old girl was treated for a minor head injury and one of the drivers was given a ticket for failing to give way.
The Water Grid authority yesterday announced that it planned to close the gate at Wivenhoe Dam today.