News

Mt Sylvia cut off by floodwaters

FLOW WOES: Bauers Crossing at Mt Sylvia was damaged by flash flooding in the area has cut off many residents from town.
FLOW WOES: Bauers Crossing at Mt Sylvia was damaged by flash flooding in the area has cut off many residents from town.

RAIN across the Lockyer Valley has caused a community in the Mt Sylvia area to experience isolation once again.

In spite of crossings and roads in the Mt Sylvia and Junction View regions being damaged in the 2010/2011 floods and plans to fix them carried out throughout past 12 months, some residents at Mt Sylvia, Junction View and East Halden were cut off from town.

Road closed signs were placed from crossing 1 at Mt Sylvia onwards with some residents still isolated as of yesterday morning.

East Halden resident Chris McCarthy said they were able to get out with the use of four wheel drives.

"There are about 15 crossings between here and Gatton; we are about 45km out of town," he said.

"There is one crossing in particular that has been a problem.

"After last year it was slightly damaged and work was done by Roadtek where it was dug out right in the middle, a pipe put in and gravel over the top.

"I have been complaining to council all year that it would not hold up in a minor flood and it hasn't."

Mr McCarthy said the damage to the crossings has caused problems

"We have a young baby and we don't think it's safe to drive through in the four wheel drive with the baby in the car because you basically have to drive through the middle of the creek," he said.

"The other thing is, I haven't been able to get a truck out and we need to get some hay out of here, so we are waiting until we can do that.

"There are road closed signs, but what are we supposed to do?

"I managed to get into town on Friday and stock up on some food."

He said he was frustrated with the man made problems on the crossings, specifically East Halden Road crossing 3.

"It would be one thing if it was the damage done by the water last year, but the problem with that crossing is the damage was caused by the work on it," he said.

"It was just gravel and bitumen over it and obviously that has washed away with a relatively minor flood."

Lockyer Valley Regional Council disaster management manager Dave Mazzaferri said Roadtek would have the roads open by Tuesday afternoon.

"Roadtek is up there as we speak fixing the roads," he said.

Mayor Steve Jones said council was monitoring residents above the crossings as some people with health issues were cut off, but still contactable via phone.

In the Somerset region, Wivenhoe Dam is currently at 81% and steady, with releases continuing at 385 cubic metres per second.

Wivenhoe releases have increased slightly as the peak flows in the Lockyer Creek have passed.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Three Laidley fires under investigation

BLAZING: Wayne Hawes captures this image of a fire on a hill near Douglas McInnes Dr, Laidley.

Laidley fires under investigation.

Having a ball at the Lowood ball

Gary Wormington and dance partner Nola Parsons had a ball dancing together.

All the glitz and glam from the Lowood Show Ball.

Jobseekers give back to Gatton

WOOD WORKS: Peter Logan and Wade Halley made this outdoor setting and Louise Berg and Cheyenne Warfield helped to paint it for the Gatton WFD Trade Show.

WDF Trade Show a success

Latest deals and offers

Breast-cakes raise awareness at Lockyer morning tea

All funds raised help fund Cancer Council’s life-saving cancer research, prevention programs, and support services for cancer patients and their families

Fourth Laidley fire clearly lit on purpose: Police

The fire on Paroz St, Laidley, captured by Ray Watterson.

Laidley fire treated as suspicious

Three Laidley fires under investigation

BLAZING: Wayne Hawes captures this image of a fire on a hill near Douglas McInnes Dr, Laidley.

Laidley fires under investigation.

Having a ball at the Lowood ball

Gary Wormington and dance partner Nola Parsons had a ball dancing together.

All the glitz and glam from the Lowood Show Ball.

Jobseekers give back to Gatton

WOOD WORKS: Peter Logan and Wade Halley made this outdoor setting and Louise Berg and Cheyenne Warfield helped to paint it for the Gatton WFD Trade Show.

WDF Trade Show a success

Hendra vaccine gets upgrade

Horses in low-risk areas should still be vaccinated against Hendra virus, says a local vet.

Hendra vaccine now extends to 12 months.

The best retro movies of the week? May 27 - June 3

Gregory Peck Photo Contributed

This week TV fan get to see Tom Cruise in a 1980s classics

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Billy Slater talks Origin Team

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater.

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater talks about this years team and his return to...

Road rage caught on Dashcam

Attack with a baseball bat caught on Dashcam

Video of a violent road rage incident in Orange last December.