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Wide Bay still feeling Australia Day weekend flood impacts

By Alyse Edwards, Friday July 26, 2013 - 13:48 EST

Today marks six months since the Australia Day weekend floods inundated communities across Queensland, including Bundaberg.

It is a low-key affair in Bundaberg today, one of the regions worst hit by January's floods.

In North Bundaberg, trees along the Burnett River remain flattened and sunken houses are still abandoned.

Some residents have left town, while others are making slow repairs.

Frank Millerick from Bundgadoo, west of the city of Bundaberg, says he is still reliving the disaster.

"You walk through and you're looking at all this concaving of the roof and you think will that fall on top of me?" he said.

"The water's just dripping down.

"After moving everything onto the one bench and then moving it onto the veranda and then moving it up onto whatever I could in the house, the water just continually rose to an extreme where the neighbour came across and said ... 'get in the boat, it's gone over the level from 2011 and whatever you're doing now it's not going to help'.

"It didn't stop, it did not stop for four days."

The State Government estimates the floods from ex-tropical Cyclone Oswald caused more than $4.2 billion worth of damage to infrastructure across the state.

The Queensland Recovery and Resilience Minister says communities are still doing it tough after the Australia Day weekend floods.

David Crisafulli says the focus has been on rebuilding better and stronger infrastructure.

"The heartache will always be there for people and to have so many floods in such a short period of time means that people will continue to be flood fatigued but I do hope that people see the recovery in terms of the public infrastructure has been done like never before - we have broken down all the barriers that have existed between state and council," he said.


- ABC

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