Taroom begins flood clean up
THE clean-up from floods has begun in Taroom, with most areas open but with a lot of road damage in the water-logged district.
Banana Shire Division Six Councillor Vaughn Becker said council staff was travelling roads to view damage and help the few rural property owners still trapped get into town.
"Some people haven’t seen a mailman for seven weeks," Cr Becker said.
"We are doing temporary fixes – it’s important to get people access and come back later to fix it properly."
The Dawson River is still over five metres, with Sandy Creek Bridge just outside the town still under water. Cr Becker said it was hoped it would be clear late yesterday but it would remain closed until Main Roads inspected the wooden structure.
"Council and Main Roads are concerned with Palm Tree Creek Bridge. There appears to be substantial damage," Cr Becker said.
He said two rural properties had been inundated during the floods, but the focus was on the repair work.
"There has been a lot of fencing and roads damage," he said, naming Glen Horton Road a concern.
Cr Becker said producers would struggle to get stock to market, with some not getting out for several weeks.
Taroom resident Jo Vieritz said the council was sweeping the stones off the streets and that the patching crew had been busy with potholes.
"The council is going to be very busy as all along the highway, the bitumen is gorged out beside the road.
"I have seen photos out Cracow Road with one cement crossing completely gone," Jo said.
She showed a photo of some rare frogs grouped along the banks near the bridge in town.
"Apparently they are called ‘green striped frogs’.
"I went to see National Parks and they said they are common and are a burrowing frog, which is probably why nobody sees them.
"They were all grouped along the bridge and couldn’t jump up onto the bridge and the water was up too high for them to go under it.
"When the river dropped enough for them (they escaped) under the bridge."
Taroom farmer Rob Lethbridge said he had damage to fences in gullies, but his road, Injune Road, was still closed.