Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Don River flooding sparks call for dredging

By Melissa Maddison, Tuesday April 15, 2014 - 11:45 EST

The Member for Burdekin says it is very alarming that the Don River broke its banks in areas that were previously seen as "safe".

The Bowen region received significant rainfall as Tropical Cyclone Ita moved down the Queensland coast.

Rosemary Menkens says a number of farms have been destroyed because a build-up of silt and undergrowth prevented water from moving downstream.

She says while it is not an easy problem to solve, moves must be made quickly.

"It'll be very disappointing to see another flood season come through without proactive measures being taken to alleviate the silting," she said.

"This flood that we've just seen was not the highest flood.

"If that was a much larger flood that would really really be disastrous.

"Breaks have occurred in areas that have never seen breaks before and the community is concerned because the Don River runs next to Bowen - we see the suburb of Queens Beach right [next] to the river and it is very, very concerning seeing this build-up of silt."

She says she is confident Government ministers will support any application to dredge sand and silt from the Don River.


- ABC

© ABC 2014

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Thunderstorm asthma advice issued as storms loom in Victoria

21:33 EDT

Victorians who experience breathing difficulties or asthma have been advised to take extra care this evening, with a cool change and thunderstorms predicted for the state.

Queensland storms: Lockyer Valley, Ipswich clean up after night of destruction

19:24 EDT

Two homes in south-east Queensland were destroyed by fire during yesterday's super cell storms, which also overturned caravans and saw a teenager struck by lightning.

Stormy start to summer for southeast QLD

17:25 EDT

Saturday's storms produced large hail, intense rainfall and destructive winds to several locations across southeast Queensland as two large storms rolled over in quick succession.