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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.


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