Army to boost flood recovery effortsMonday February 4, 2013 - 10:25 EDT
Defence force personnel are on their way to central Queensland to help with flood recovery operations in several isolated communities.
Since the floods last weekend, Baffle Creek-based rural firefighter Bryce Ferrari has been working around the clock.
"The tavern - water over the roof, the bottle shop had water through it," he said.
"Homes that have never seen floodwaters through the floorboards have had floodwaters above their windowsills."
Some roads in the small town between Bundaberg and Gladstone have been washed away and on top of regular duties, the local fire brigade has been offering food and shelter for the displaced.
However, reinforcements are on the way.
Gladstone Deputy Mayor Matt Burnett says the town, as well as nearby Lowmead and Rosedale, will get defence force help.
"Any assistance from the Australian Army is very welcome," he said.
He says it will free up council resources for other flood recovery operations.
© ABC 2013
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