Flooding along the main street in Grantham.
Flooding along the main street in Grantham. Claudia Baxter

Floodwaters rise again

SWELLING floodwaters swirled across the Ipswich region again yesterday and with more rain forecast, the worst could be yet to come.

With flood levels due to peak this afternoon in the Lockyer Valley hundreds of residents have been put on high alert to prepare for evacuation.

Seqwater said it would wait for water levels in Lockyer Valley creeks to subside before opening gates at Wivenhoe Dam again.

That would result in Colleges Crossing at Karana Downs closing for the fourth time in the past couple of months.

However, Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt argued that wasn’t enough to justify the cost of building a higher bridge.

The widespread flooding has already started hitting us in the hip pocket with vegetable prices going up by as much as 500 per cent.

Meanwhile, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale yesterday announced a donation of $20,000 for flood-afflicted Queenslanders from Ipswich City Council.

He said the city had already supported relief efforts by sending SES volunteers and equipment to Chinchilla and Condamine.

Ipswich’s air rescue help hit a snag yesterday when a Hercules transport aircraft from RAAF Base Amberley was struck by lightning during a supply mission.

The lightning strike did not injure crew members but caused electronic damage, which meant it had to go back for repairs and be replaced by another plane.



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