Bridge shift interrupts Kandanga water supply
KANDANGA was doing its best to clean up yesterday after a freakishly fast rising Kandanga Creek flooded parts of the town on Sunday morning and a rogue log hit the Kandanga Creek Bridge, bursting the pipe that carries the town's water supply.
With many Mary Valley homes without power or phone service yesterday, getting details on the damage was difficult, but Imbil-based councillor Julie Walker said the flood water had reached more than half a metre up the walls of the Kandanga Lawn Bowls Club by the early hours of Sunday morning.
The local hotelier said a number of caravans and cars parked near the bowls club in Hasthorpe Memorial Park had also gone under water.
Incredibly, the flood - higher than the devastating event of 1999 - left little damage to the bowls club greens. Only a hole about one metre in diameter marred them yesterday.
Getting the building cleaned out was the major challenge, with no town water supply. The rapidly rising waters had also left not time to get the furniture in the building to high ground.
The Valley remained cut off from Gympie yesterday evening, and it was unsure how soon water would be restored to Kandanga. Cr Walker said the pipe that supplied the town water supply was attached to the Kandanga Creek Bridge. Either the bridge moved with the sheer volume of water coming down the creek, or a large piece of flood debris struck it or the pipe, bursting the pipe.