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Rain hampers efforts to stop meatworks collapse

By Rhianwen Whitney, Monday February 25, 2013 - 14:23 EDT

Rain has delayed work to prevent an abattoir on Queensland's southern Darling Downs from falling into a local creek.

The recent floods destabilised the foundations of the Carey Brothers Abattoir next to Swan Creek, about 20 kilometres east of Warwick.

Owner Greg Carey says engineers are still discussing the best way to save the building but the recent rain pushed back the work for about two months.

He says more heavy rain would create a lot of problems.

"It'll easily damage the banks again," he said.

"It will create havoc right up and down the Swan Creek and anywhere near the riverbeds ... [which have] already lost lots of bank and topsoil and crops.

"It's been a catastrophe for this whole area."


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