CLOUDY SKIES: North Burnett is in recovery mode after Cyclone Marcia.
CLOUDY SKIES: North Burnett is in recovery mode after Cyclone Marcia.

Homes evacuated overnight

SEVEN Monto people were evacuated from their homes as Tropical Cyclone Marcia filled creeks and rivers overnight, and more than 2000 residents remain without power.

Mayor Don Waugh said the flood waters had reached the floorboards of some homes and residents were evacuated for their own safety.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Inspector Gary Channells said Monto survived the Category 1 cyclone, but some houses were water-damaged.

"Some of the outlying areas have pockets where people are isolated until the water drops," Inspector Channells said.

"The biggest problem up there is the lack of power and communications."

Monto residents have been without power since about 8pm last night, and Ergon Energy were working to resolve the issue.

"There are two major feed lines into Monto and both are damaged," Mr Channells said.

"They've got choppers in the air from 9am … to find where the damage is, and they're hoping to have that report by 11am, and then move out to fix them."

As a result of the power outage, Monto's sewerage system is not working and the town is on Level 5 water restrictions.

Mayor Don Waugh said the council was working to get generators into town and provide residents with relief.

Ergon Energy's post to Facebook at 10:30am said "we plan to have power restored to all Wide Bay customers today where safe to do so and access permitting".

READ MORE: Flood waters reach 6m at Monto

RECOVERY

NORTH Burnett emergency crews have entered recovery mode after ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia departs the region.

River heights are expected to rise and fall over the next two days, and regular updates will be posted by the Bureau of Meteorology.

While some roads in the district are open with caution, others are closed due to flooding. Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For a full list, visit the Council's bridge and road conditions site or 13 19 40.

MT PERRY 

SENIOR Constable David Rofe said Mt Perry received 120mm of rain during last night's cyclone.

"There was no damage except for road infrastructure on the Monto-Mt Perry Road," Snr Const Rofe said.

"The cyclone washed out the bridge on the approach from the Monto side and it will be impassable to all traffic until early next week."

Mingo Crossing visitors and staff were evacuated before yesterday's fishing event, and the buildings and infrastructure can't be assessed until the water levels at the causeway recede.

Power to Mt Perry has been restored this morning, after a town-wide outage occurred at 1:40am.

MINGO CROSSING: The bridge is clear after cyclone Marcia, February 22, 2015. Photo Contributed by Matthew McInerny
MINGO CROSSING: The bridge is clear after cyclone Marcia, February 22, 2015. Photo Contributed by Matthew McInerny Contributed

BIGGENDEN

BIGGENDEN saw rainfalls of 132mm to 200mm overnight.

Councillor Lofty Wendt said overall the town had fared well.

"Luckily we didn't get the wind, there were no structural damage and most importantly no one was hurt," he said.

"There will be road damage but we won't know how extensive that is until the water subsides."

Motorists are urged to take note of road closures as the Biggenden-Maryborough Rd has been closed in a number of places.

There is a huge volume of water coming down Degilbo Ck which will impact on the Biggenden-Childers Rd

Cr Wendt said this water would end up in the Burnett River below the dam wall.

There are a number of roads closed including Seccombe's Rd, Stevens Rd, Emu Ck Rd at Degilbo and River Rd.

EIDSVOLD and MUNDUBBERA

NO damage, except at isolated properties, has been reported this morning by emergency services at Eidsvold and Mundubbera.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Inspector Gary Channells said about 35 isolated homes near Eidsvold had a 30 minute power outage early this morning.

Mr Channels said the river was expected to peak at 12m in Mundubbera, which was  "well below any impact on residential areas".

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted river heights and flows as follows:

  • Eidsvold Bridge: Eidsvold is expected to exceed the moderate flood level during Saturday afternoon. Major flood levels are possible overnight Saturday.
  • Mundubbera: Minor flood levels are expected during late Saturday with a moderate flood peak expected during Sunday.

GAYNDAH

GAYNDAH police received no call-outs due to ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia, although emergency services said at least one orchard had reported flooding. 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Inspector Gary Channells said the Burnett River at Gayndah was expected to peak at 10m and would not impact residential homes.

The Bureau of Meteorology has advised continued river rises at Gayndah, with moderate flood levels expected overnight Saturday and a moderate flood peak during Sunday.

CANCELLED EVENTS

Saturday, February 21

  • Eidsvold Races have been cancelled. A new date has yet to be confirmed; free tickets will stand if the racing club is able to secure another date.
  • Gayndah Gladiators v Masters match has been cancelled. New date to be advised.

Sunday, February 22

  • Gayndah golf club's Men's and Ladies' Open Day has been postponed until further notice.

Monday, February 23

  • Biggenden cattle sale has been postponed to Thursday, February 26. Burnett Livestock and Realty will update their Facebook page and website. Queries: Lance Whitaker, 0407 139 901.

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