Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Flooding creates huge Warrego Highway potholes

By Rhianwen Whitney, Wednesday March 6, 2013 - 09:36 EDT

The latest flooding has caused major damage to the Warrego Highway in southern Queensland.

Residents in Dalby on the western Darling Downs are still cleaning up after the weekend floods but the recent wet weather has also caused significant damage along the highway.

RACQ spokesman Greg Miszkowycz says he is not surprised.

"In terms of its inferior soil conditions in the black soil areas of the Darling Downs it's very difficult [to] both construct and maintain a suitable road surface in those highly expansive clay territories," he said.

He says governments must provide enough money to build and maintain a suitable road surface.

"Certainly a lot of those areas that were damaged previously and have received flood recovery money have been strengthened and rehabilitated," he said.

Western Downs Mayor Ray Brown is urging local motorists to take care.

"Some of these potholes are quite severe," he said.

"Our staff are trying to get to them as quick as possible. Just keep in mind be patient and give yourself additional time to get to your destinations.

"Some of them about the size of vehicles where they've blown out and these are, particularly to small cars, very concerning.

"We just ask people to take their time and be cautious."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Perth storm: Severe cold front hits WA's South West, bringing heavy rain, winds and flooding

19:21 EST

The full force of Mother Nature is being felt in Western Australia as emergency services deal with damaging wind gusts from a severe cold front that has also dumped heavy rain in Perth and the south-west of the state.

Damaging winds lash WA

11:00 EST

Severe weather continues to threaten parts of WA today after a powerful front crossed the state's west coast overnight.

Severe weather warning issued as destructive cold front hits southern WA

23:06 EST

Heavy rain has soaked Perth and surrounds as the first strong cold front of the season batters the southern half of the state, with damaging winds of up to 125 kilometres per hour predicted overnight.