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Roads into flood-hit Karumba reopen

By Kate Stephens, Tuesday March 4, 2014 - 10:52 EDT

Roads into the small town of Karumba, in north-west Queensland's Gulf Country, have reopened after flooding kept the town isolated for a week.

Recent heavy rain and rising river levels have cut off properties throughout the Gulf region, as well as the communities of Burketown and Doomadgee.

Elliot Dunn from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services says food is being dropped regularly into the towns.

He says while stations may be cut off for a few days yet, no-one is complaining.

"They looked forward to the rain to be honest, so I haven't heard anyone grumble about it at all," he said.

"The local government is in contact with them on a regular basis and certainly Carpentaria [Shire] has been doing some food drops on and off as people have requested and Burke Shire is planning to do some a bit later in the week just to drop out some food in the mail.

"We've had fairly regular, pretty much each Friday for the last few weeks we've been flying food into Doomadgee and doing the same thing to Burketown.

"The local government there organises their own resupply but we've put a plane into there pretty much every Friday for about the last three weeks and they are holding quite well the food levels."


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