Peak hour traffic at Normanby bridge yesterday morning.
Peak hour traffic at Normanby bridge yesterday morning. Renee Pilcher

Bridge flood causes traffic jam

NEW Gympie residents Megan Grennan and Tyrone Blow were surveying the flooded Kidd Bridge yesterday and looking a little worried.

They’d recently moved in to a home on Gympie’s Southside and were surprised how quickly the bridge went under.

New to town, they were relieved to hear it was just a matter of driving to Normanby Bridge to get home.

“We didn’t know this bridge flooded,” Ms Grennan said.

Mr Blow said it didn’t concern them too much.

“It doesn’t bother us – there’s the (children’s) school and a shop on the Southside so we’ll be right.”

The moderate flooding created bottleneck and traffic delays at Normanby Bridge as people made their way to work and school yesterday morning.

Southside residents said it was inconvenient waiting in long queues for traffic to clear, but motorists were mostly patient and traffic controllers did help ease the situation.

Gympie Regional Mayor Ron Dyne told The Gympie Times yesterday that in view of the region’s population increase, council had identified the need for additional access across the Mary River with the Main Roads Department.

Mr Dyne said council was pursuing the need to further develop a strategic plan in the Gympie area with the Main Roads Department to improve the situation.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the Mary River’s main flood peak was in the Gympie/Fisherman’s Pocket areas yesterday, with minor flooding at Miva. Maryborough was well below minor flood level.

Gympie residents are being asked to ready themselves for what is looming as a very wet “wet season”.

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) yesterday put the onus on individuals to be prepared for what the coming wet season may bring.

EMQ regional director Shane Wood said it is essential that people know what to do when an emergency strikes.

”All households should have an emergency evacuation plan - knowing where to go in a disaster like cyclone and storm season is vital to the safety of you and your family, “Mr Wood said.

”It’s also important residents have an evacuation kit ready, in case they need to leave their properties quickly.”

More information on the Household Emergency Kit checklist is at www.emergency.qld.gov.au/emq/css/emergencykit.asp.

Gympie Times


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