The Mary River at its peak of 20.3m yesterday. Kidd Bridge is under water in the foreground looking south east up the river.
The Mary River at its peak of 20.3m yesterday. Kidd Bridge is under water in the foreground looking south east up the river. Craig Warhurst

Gympie facing a massive flood clean-up

THE big clean up will start today in the wake of a major flood that inundated the Gympie Region yesterday.

After reaching a height of 20.3m Mary River flood waters are starting to slowly recede and attention has now turned to the major clean-up effort which will roll-out over the coming days.

Local Disaster Coordination Centre Chair and Gympie Regional Council Mayor, Cr Ron Dyne, said the flood event had caused inundation to approximately 143 businesses and 25 residences across the region.

"The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service will be assisting with clean-up efforts, which will include a high pressure wash-out of affected CBD businesses from first light tomorrow," Cr Dyne said.

"Clean-up crews will be deploying a number of vehicles so that, where ever possible, they can assist with clean-up efforts across the region.

"Affected business operators and residents can register for clean-up assistance by calling the Local Disaster Coordination Centre hotline on 5482 6399."

Cr Dyne reminded those involved in the clean-up to minimise contact with flood waters, which may be very dirty and unsanitary.

"People should wear protective clothing, wash their hands and feet, and ensure that any general use or household items which have come in contact with the flood waters are properly cleaned and disinfected," he said.

Cr Dyne today also confirmed that council had restored potable water to Amamoor, 50 per cent town water supply to Goomeri and transported a technician via helicopter to restore Kandanga's water supply 18 hours earlier than otherwise would have been achieved.

Early assessments estimate significant damage to road infrastructure, greater than the 2011 floods.

Motorists are urged to drive with caution, avoid flood waters and obey signage.

Gympie Times


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