Bundy farmers start to assess the damage

UNDER WATER: Much of Abbotsleigh Citrus farm was inundated.
UNDER WATER: Much of Abbotsleigh Citrus farm was inundated.

BUNDABERG primary producers are only now getting an idea of the damage wreaked by what is believed to be the worst flood in recorded history.

When floodwater receded,local farmers took a nervous walk around their properties to assess the damage.

It was not only floodwater from the raging Burnett and Kolan rivers that placed local crops in danger.

Heavy rainfall in the lead-up to the floods was enough to cause localised flooding and erosion on rural properties.

Canegrowers Bundaberg director Tony Castro said the economic impact of the damage was not yet known.

"(They're) only just getting out there now to assess the damage," he said.

"I dare say it will have a significant impact on overall tonnage.

"It's still an unknown as to how bad the damage is going to be."

Mr Castro said damage would be worse in those properties close to major waterways such as the Burnett and Kolan rivers.

"The main concern for people is how long their crops sat in water for," he said.

"Some people had the crops die on them because they were in the water too long."

Mr Castro said now was the time for primary producers to apply for grants and low-interest loans to help them get back on track.

"In some cases, the money they receive will be a drop in the ocean but it could be a big help for many."

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