Glen Watson helps with the flood clean-up at Queensborough Parade, Karalee, on Friday.
Glen Watson helps with the flood clean-up at Queensborough Parade, Karalee, on Friday. Sarah Harvey

Weir bridge safe

ADDING to the devastating effects of the Brisbane River flooding at Mt Crosby and Karana Downs were reports yesterday that the riverbank protection adjacent to the Mt Crosby Weir bridge had been damaged.

A water grid spokesperson said the damage had been inspected and was not related to the weir.

“They’ll repair the damage once water subsides,” the spokesperson said.

“There are no ramifications for the Mt Crosby Water Treatment Plant or the pump infrastructure.”

The one-lane weir bridge leading from Allawah Road is used as an alternative route between Ipswich and Brisbane when Colleges Crossing is closed due to major flooding, as it is now.

Isolated from the rest of Brisbane and Ipswich since Tuesday afternoon by flooded roads and bridges on all sides, the residents of these suburbs were relieved to be told yesterday afternoon that the Kholo Creek Bridge on Mt Crosby Road had opened to traffic about 1pm.

Vital food and medical supplies were airlifted to the emergency centre at Mt Crosby State School yesterday by three army helicopters.

Residents formed a chain to load the much-needed supplies onto utes.

Emergency centre co-ordinator John Ward said his volunteers expected to feed 150 residents last night whose own food had been ruined through lack of a power supply.

Brisbane City Council is expected to send skips into the area to collect the perished goods.

Phone services have been restored to the area and Energex workers were trying to restore power to hundreds of homes.

Karana Downs police were last night trying to secure a supply of fuel for the community.



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