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Biloela mops up from flood, focus turns to Baralaba

The Callide Creek crossing at Biloela.
The Callide Creek crossing at Biloela. Contributed

AS the state of emergency in Biloela passes Mayor Ron Carige said the focus now turned the people's emotions and the urgent situation in Baralaba.

The past 24 hours has been a testing time for emergency services personnel based in Biloela.

At 3am this morning emergency services received a phone call from a woman whose vehicle had become stuck in floods water on the Grevillea Creek on Biloela's western outskirts.

The Capricorn Rescue Helicopter was called in and retrieved the woman at about 10am this morning.

People living in the Biloela Caravan Park (on the Dawson Hwy) had to be evacuated at 1am Sunday morning, and residents living along Tognolini-Baldwin Rd were encouraged to leave their homes as water in the swollen Washpool Gully on the town's eastern outskirts rose dangerously close to property.

Several homes were inundated with water.

Three homes at the southern end of Alexandra Avenue were also evacuated due to the level of water in Washpool Gully.

A wall of water rushed down Washpool Gully late on Saturday afternoon after the Kroombit Creek burst its banks.

Banana Shire Mayor Ron Carige said as water levels subsided and people in Biloela started the clean-up, he urged them to do so safely.

"It will be emotionally hard for many people," Cr Carige said

"As they get ready to return home they should prepare for loss and damage to property."

Mr Carige said contact with the Goovigen community indicated they were safe and had sufficient food for at least seven days.

Jambin was underwater, with a record high level of water passing through the hotel.

"It is difficult to contact the people seeking shelter in Jambin School, but it appears they have sufficient supplies for several days.

"Baralaba is our main concern at the moment were the water is now over four metres above the height of the new bridge

"We are looking at getting food airlifted into the town.

"A meeting is being held to ascertain how the community is situated for food and other supplies and then we can formulate a plan once we have this information."

Cr Carige said a swift water crew was airlifted into Biloela and they are now based in town.

"They will also be assisting with damage assessment to houses that were inundated by water in Biloela.

"There are extra ambulance and police personnel in town to provide assistance to exhausted local officers.

He said SunWater had advised that the headwaters of the Callide Dam catchment had received another 200mm of rain overnight and were they preparing for a 48 hour release of water from the dam.

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