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Maranoa reflects on flood anniversary

Friday February 1, 2013 - 12:00 EDT

While the clean-up is well underway in many flood-affected southern Queensland communities, one town will pause to remember its biggest flood event on record.

This weekend marks 12 months since the Maranoa River rose to unprecedented levels, inundating 80 per cent of Mitchell, in the southern inland.

Maranoa Mayor Robert Loughnan says there is still a lot of work to do.

"Obviously we had three consecutive flood events here in the Maranoa, so we're very much finishing off some of the roadworks that still have to be done, that are still outstanding," he said.

"In many cases those have to be repaired a couple of times in some places, although we were fortunate I guess in that the floods largely happened across different areas across those three years."

Councillor Loughnan says locals are sympathising with what flood-impacted communities are going through at the moment.

"It's a horrible feeling of deja vu all around," he said.

"If anything, I can be grateful, I guess, that we haven't been saddled with that burden once again but we have had three years of it previously which hasn't been a great feeling.

"But obviously you look to our east at places like the North Burnett and Western Downs and a lot of the coastal shires as well - they're going through a very tough time and I know exactly how they feel.

"It's an awful thing for a community to have to face up to."


- ABC

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