Boiling water a must

A BOILED water alert remains in place for North Burnett towns taking supplies from river systems.

Local Disaster Management Group chair Mayor Don Waugh said while water supplies in Gayndah, Mundubbera, Eidsvold and Monto had been secured there was still a concern that contaminants may still be coming down the flooded river system.

"We're asking everyone using tap water to boil it for 10 minutes to make absolutely sure it is safe," Cr Waugh said.

"With Queensland Health we are testing at various sites across the river system.

"As yet we haven't found anything of concern, but we don't want to take any chances with people's health so the boil water alert will be in place until further notice."

Cr Waugh said there was no evidence that a number of reported cases of gastroenteritis in recent days were associated with the water supply.

"Queensland Health reports the 19 people affected have mostly been emergency service workers and general public who have been directly exposed to flood water and mud in the clean up effort," Cr Waugh said.

"Most importantly we have not had any new cases today (Monday) and many of those who fell ill have recovered and are back on their feet."

Water restrictions remain in place across the North Burnett.

A number of water pumps across the system were flood damaged and while many are back up and running the region is still not at full treatment capacity yet.

"People should only use mains water for drinking (after boiling) and personal hygiene," Cr Waugh said.

"So far everyone has been doing the right thing and using less water and I thank them for that."

The restoration of power continues at the Eidsvold, Mundubbera, Gayndah and Boyne districts.

Ergon Energy Zone Co-ordinator Matt Gleeson said as of Monday they had still to re-build damaged lines to 350 houses while a further 125 were waiting for safety inspections from electricians before being reconnected.

"The majority of those 350 will be back on line by the end of next week (Friday, February 14)," Mr Gleeson said.

"Ergon Energy wants to make clear that there will be a number of downed lines across rivers and connections to pumps that will take longer, perhaps up to a month, to reconnect."

Road clearance and repair is also moving forward and the council has prioritised school bus routes.

Financial and counselling services are also on offer with Centrelink employees now based in Gayndah, Mundubbera, Eidsvold and Monto. Call 1800 173 349.

Rubbish collection services have also returned to normal weekly collections across the district. Waste Management Facilities are open for extended hours for those needing to dump extra rubbish.

And after providing valuable support in the disaster response phase the army left the district today.

"Their work clearing private properties as well as roads and bridges was invaluable," Cr Waugh said.


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