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Spilt milk: milk vat washes ashore after floods

Eliza Rogers, Friday April 19, 2013 - 14:04 EST
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This milk vat is believed to have been washed hundreds of kilometres downstream from Monto to Bargara. - ABC

Flood debris can be a heartbreaking sight, but it can also be a bit funny.

Farmers tell of rubber thongs, doll houses and lighters surviving the waters, and turning up in unusual places.

But what about a large steel milk vat?

A metre-tall vat washed up on the Bargara foreshore in south-eastern Queensland in the Australia Day floods, rumoured to have travelled hundreds of kilometres down the Burnett River from Monto.

Bargara resident Erwin Hoffman explained what he could see from his back step.

"Sitting out in the backyard on the rocks is a milk vat. It washed up when all the yachts were being washed out to sea," he said.

"I was wondering what it was, I didn't know whether it was a spaceship that had landed."

Mr Hoffman says the vat has 'QBB' stamped on it, which likely stands for Queensland Butter Board.

A handful of Monto farmers couldn't confirm where it had come from.

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority, local council and other state government departments are now working together to remove the vat.


© ABC 2013

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