WATER LOGGED: The copeland bridge at Taroom was expected to be under even more water last night, with the Dawson River to peak late last night.
WATER LOGGED: The copeland bridge at Taroom was expected to be under even more water last night, with the Dawson River to peak late last night.

Taroom emerges from flood

TAROOM woman Chris Green wasn't surprised when the town was cut off and the Dawson River swamped the bridge on the northern outskirts of the town.

“I wasn't really surprised that the bridge would go under after receiving 211mm from Sunday night to Tuesday afternoon on top of what we had already received in January and February,” Chris said.

“I had seen it go under before in August 1998,” said Chris, who has a ready-mix and plant hire business with her husband.

The new bridge was opened in 1990.

She said they live on the outskirts of town and like many contracting business such as fencers, builders, plant and transport owners, had been flooded in for most of the week.

“I guess in the end we are all going to benefit from (the rain), so we should be grateful while it's here,” Chris said.

Allan Harris from Taroom SES said the Dawson, at 7.2 metres yesterday, was expected to peak last night at 7.5 metres.

Allan said he did not know if it would get that high, and would not reach the highest he had previously seen it, which was 8.6 metres in 1983.

The highest it has ever been was 14 metres more than 100 years ago.

“That's not going to happen unless there is a lot of rain,” Allan said.

The town is no longer cut off, with the Leichhardt Highway open to the south, but most other roads are closed.

The highway is still cut to the north at several places, and the Roma-Taroom, Injune and Cracow Roads were also cut.

Allan said the Cracow Road would be the first of these to open, but the others may not open until midway through next week.

Cr Vaughn Becker said  this morning it had stayed steady at 7.2m, but it was raining again this morning.

Cr Becker said he expected the river to stay around that level and for roads to be cut until at least early next week.

Farmers Tracee and Ivan Hay, who live 45 kilometres north of Taroom, said they were still able to get to Theodore for supplies, but the flooding had created a bit of personal history.

“We had a flash flood in our house last week,” Mrs Hay said. “It came up through our laundry.

“My husband's family has been on this land since the early 1900s and that's never happened before.

“It has cost us a lot of time and fencing, but the land needed such a drenching.”

RAIN WRAP

Rainfall since Feb 25

Taroom – 220.2mm

Monto – 70.3mm

Thangool – 67mm

Theodore – 55.3mm

Baralaba – 33.4mm


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