RISKY: Phoebe and Samantha Saraber at home after their sticky situation.
RISKY: Phoebe and Samantha Saraber at home after their sticky situation. Renee Pilcher

Risky wait for mother

REFUSING to go back to Shadbolt Road until it has been sealed, Samantha Saraber, said in times of flood the road was her only connection to the outside world.

Mrs Saraber had a “scary” encounter on the curviest and steepest part of the road, when her Toyota Corolla became stuck after she tried to go around a milk tanker that had lost traction in slippery mud last week.

The car ended up wedged in a ditch against an embankment in soft earth.

The Mothar Mountain mother of two had her four-month-old daughter Phoebe in the car at the time and panicked when she couldn’t free the car.

“It was risky,” she said.

A man tried to push the car out and was nearly squashed, so she decided to scramble out of the car, get Phoebe out and wait for help.

Her mother-in-law was also in the vehicle at the time and cars piled up behind them waiting to get through.

Help came in the form of six volunteers, who jumped up on the bank and pushed the roof of the Corolla, while one of them drove it out.

“I want to thank them,” she said.

“It was such a relief. Those blokes…they were great.”

Mrs Saraber said GRC had put some road base down since the incident, but it didn’t last long enough.

She said the same thing happened last year when Kin Kin flooded and it was graded again, but every time it got wet the road base washed away or was pushed off leaving slippery mud.

“If it’s not safe maybe council should close it off,” she said.

Although in times of flood the road becomes a lifeline as Noosa and Tandur Roads are cut when Six Mile backs up.

Cr Larry Friske said council would seal every road if they could, and the only option to guarantee the road didn’t need more grading work after rain was to seal the hills, but there were problems with getting water off the road and there was no money.

“We would (seal) every road in the...region if we could,” he said.

AFTER the incident council rolled blue metal into the hills along Shadbolt Road to bring it back up to a safe standard.

Cr Friske said roads had copped a battering this wet season.

“We’re doing as much as we can as quick as we can. Generally the roads have stood up pretty good,” he said.

“People just need to drive to the conditions at the moment.”

Calico Creek resident Siobhan Wilson said underneath her car was scraped when driving along Calico Creek Road.

She said one of her neighbours couldn’t get out of their driveway and ended up fixing the road themselves.

Ms Wilson said council told her to make an insurance claim if the road scraped her car and someone would fix the road in the near future.

“We’re just fed up with it,” she said “we get told every excuse.”

Cr Friske said Calico Creek Road had now been graded and lots of gravel roads developed tracks that could scrape the bottom of a car, which was a normal part of living along a gravel road.

He asked people to ring council if they saw a road that needed fixing so it could be inspected and added to the list of maintenance jobs.

Gympie Times


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