Theodore being mass evacuated
UPDATE 9AM: EVACUATIONS have been stepped up in Theodore as the Dawson River has inundated almost the entire town, reaching unprecedented levels of 14.51m.
Deputy Mayor Maureen Clancy said residents that wanted to go would be choppered to Moura this morning.
It is believed they will stay at the single men’s quarters used by the Dawson Mine, with at least 100 of the town’s 350 residents to be air lifted out, but that is likely to grow during the day.
Some are aslo being flown to the camp at Cracow gold mine, with three helicopters being used.
Cr Clancy said the SES shed where the readings were taken from was now also under water.
She said that more water had yet to come down the Dawson from Taroom, which is isolated but has food supplies.
Further downstream, one family was evacuated from a property between Moura and Baralaba this morning into Baralaba.
Parts of Biloela were flooded last night after over 100mm fell in two hours last night, swelling local creeks causing flash flooding.
“There is a lot of water around,” Cr Clancy said.
“I don’t think people have seen this much water around before.”
Patients at the hospital were airlifted to Taroom yesterday.
The situation was being closely monitored by SES staff and Council personnel on the ground at Theodore.
Yesterday, Cr Vaughn Becker said Council had accepted an offer from Cracow Gold Mine for the use of a chopper to evacuate residents.
Cr Becker said residents that can leave the town should, and was encouraging self evacuation.
Local water supplies were assessed by Banana Shire Council staff and advise residents to use water sparingly.
Some local roads in the Theodore area are inaccessible due to flooding and caution must be observed when travelling these roads.
Travel only if absolutely necessary.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads has issued advice that there have been closures on the Leichhardt, Burnett and Dawson Highways, as well as the Eidsvold-Theodore Road.
For further information on all State road closures, please call 131 940 or visit the Department of Transport & Main Roads’ website www.131940.qld.gov.au.
Due to local rainfall in the Banana Shire area there has been numerous local roads affected by water inundation, including roads in Biloela and Thangool,
Due care to be taken and caution must be observed when travelling these roads.
Residents are urged not to drive through floodwaters unnecessarily and to observe traffic signage and road closures.