Kidd Bridge out of action and it’s only a moderate flood.
Kidd Bridge out of action and it’s only a moderate flood.

Rain good for farms, hard on roads

WITH a rapidly growing city straddling the Mary River, many Southside residents are asking when Kidd Bridge will be elevated and improved to ensure safe and easy access to the CBD and beyond.

Yesterday’s moderate flooding caused a bottleneck and traffic delays at Normanby Bridge as thousands of Southside residents descended on their only open river crossing because Kidd Bridge was closed.

Residents said traffic controllers did help ease the situation with motorists well behaved and patient.

In the event of a medical emergency on the Southside, where both Kidd and Normanby bridges were closed due to flooding, (Normanby goes under at around 15.92 metres) Gympie Regional Council Compliance and Local Disaster Co-ordinator Ron Potter said the plan of action would be to utilise an AGL Rescue helicopter and use the showgrounds to evacuate a patient or patients.

For business people in flood prone areas, the council provides a booklet which outlines the official flood sub plan for the CBD.

The second part of the guide helps people produce their own evacuation plan.

Discussion at yesterday’s Gympie Regional Council (GRC) Planning and Development Committee Meeting addressed the need to focus on the region’s water and transport needs in view of the area being one of southeast Queensland’s growth corridors.

In particular, Mayor Ron Dyne said the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Strategy would have to do some planning to improve the crossings of the Mary River.

The point was made by Cr Rae Gate that as the region’s population increased, state government should be proactive and provide funding for infrastructure to support that growth.

And while farmers are lapping up the rain and counting their blessings, Works and Services Committee chairman Cr Larry Friske was busy counting the costs to repair the significant amount of damage caused to the region’s roads and pavements.

While Cr Friske conceded the rain was very welcome, he said the repair bill was likely to run to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Rainfall eased in the Mary River catchment yesterday with the river in Gympie at around 13.14 metres (moderate flood level) at about 4.18pm and expected to peak at 13.4 metres overnight. Moderate flooding is expected to reach around 12 metres at Miva this morning.

RAINFALL reading to 9am Wednesday, March 3.

  • Gympie 42mm
  • Wolvi 60mm
  • Widgee 48mm
  • Tin Can Bay 42mm
  • Cedar Pocket 30mm
  • Goomboorian 44mm
  • Rainbow Beach 50mm
  • Woolooga 25mm
  • Toolara 16mm
  • Cooran 48mm
  • Miva 15mm
  • Kenilworth 68mm
  • Tewantin 50mm
  • Tiaro 17mm
  • Fisherman’s Pocket 43mm
  • Pomona 53mm
  • Cooroy 58mm
  • Kandanga 56mm
  • Oakwood 74mm
  • Imbil 54mm
  • Jimna 43mm
  • Moy Pocket 56mm
  • Maleny 64mm
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