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Residents returning to flood-hit Laidley

Tuesday January 29, 2013 - 11:59 EDT
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Residents have begun returning to Laidley to inspect flood damge. - ABC

Police are escorting residents back into Laidley in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane, to begin the clean-up after the weekend's flood.

More than 110 people spent the past two nights in an evacuation centre as Laidley Creek swamped the centre of town.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones says other communities have been impacted.

"The Mount Sylvia-Junction View area is very bad, Grantham of course, Glenore Grove, there's some damage in Forest Hill," Councillor Jones said.

"We've also got a couple of hundred people here in Laidley and the cleanup's proceeding exceedingly well."

Lawyer and publican Paul Emmerson says the creek also rose rapidly on Sunday at his property near Mulgowie.

He says several buildings in Mulgowie have been damaged, including the hotel.

There has been heavy damage on horticulture properties and crops have been lost.

"Logs and rocks in the middle of paddocks, debris everywhere, irrigation pipes bent," Mr Emmerson said.

"A lot of pipes that were in the paddocks two days ago are now gone or bent or buckled or in heaps.

"Fences just covered in debris, fences washed out ... the place is just a shemozzle."

Mr Emmerson says he has been told the creek inundated his legal firm in the main street.

"I'm told it got up to the railway line - the front window of my office's been washed in and we've got a fair bit of mud inside," he said.

"Can't get in to have a look so we've got to be patient and wait till we get there and go in and clean it up when we can."

Flooding in Lockyer Creek in the nearby Somerset region is receding but the Brisbane Valley Highway at Fernvale is still cut.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann says there has been significant damage to roads in the region.

"We've got some areas where we have to look at resupply because once this water from the Lockyer goes through we do need to do releases from the Wivenhoe Dam," he said.

"Some areas like the Englands Creek [sic] area we will have to do resupplies because people are going to be cut off there for quite a while."

Geoff Fisher Bridge on the Brisbane Valley Highway at Fernvale was due to re-open to all traffic at 11:00am (AEST).


- ABC

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