Clean up underway
AS the water finally recedes, Lockyer Valley residents are now beginning to see the full extent of damage caused to the flood-affected region.
Several roads have been partially destroyed, with the total bill for repairs expected to reach close to $50 million, at Mt Sylvia alone.
Mt Sylvia farmers, Brian and Julia Crust are only too aware of the problems and have been inundated by the fallout from the floods.
“We are still isolated with no one being able to reach us to fix the road, no land lines or mobile phone service and no mail,” Mrs Crust said.
“The road access to our property has major destruction to it from the flood and cement causeways are destroyed with cement being ripped out with the force of the flood water.
“These roads are impassable and very dangerous.
“Our phones went down in the huge flood and all our neighbours phones are out as well in the areas of Junction View, West Haldon, Mt Sylvia and Woodbine.”
She said the impact on their business was concerning.
“We have told our agents that we are able to harvest them but unable to transport them because of the roads,” she said.
“We have 40 tonne of seedless watermelons per day to transport and 500 tonne left to harvest.
“We have lost approximately half of the crop.”
Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor, Steve Jones, said the massive damage to roads in the Mt Sylvia and Junction View areas was an immediate concern.
“It's a really savage amount of damage at the moment,” he said.
He said Mt Sylvia Road was a Main Roads responsibility and was a big problem for residents.
“It's extremely urgent for the people who live there that the road gets fixed so they can get their produce in and out and every shop is going to be in short supply because of this,” he said.
“It's a massive job, because a big concrete causeway is gone, and they can't afford to leave the road the way it is.
“We are trying to get the people that are stuck alternate routes, but there are those that are still stuck and we are concerned that there might be those that have health issues.
“There are no phones up there still and that is a serious issue because with some people we can't make contact with them and we don't know their current state is.”
Cr Jones said the danger to motorists in the Mt Sylvia area was real.
“It's really dangerous up there now,” he said.
“There is one particular section with a kilometre and a half with the bitumen gone and the road washed away.”
He said Main Roads had not yet been in contact to discuss the necessary repairs.
Member For Lockyer, Ian Rickuss, congratulated the State and Federal Governments on providing appropriate assistance of $25,000 for clean up for the affected businesses and farmers of the Lockyer, Fassifern and surrounding flood affected areas.
People who require help, should contact Council on 1300 005 872.