WASHOUT: Fire fighters help with the clean up of a flooded house in Mundubbera.
WASHOUT: Fire fighters help with the clean up of a flooded house in Mundubbera. Brandon Livesay

Relentless efforts

QUEENSLAND Fire and Rescue crews have worked tirelessly throughout the Central Burnett.

Crews have completed 78 washouts of flood damaged homes in Gayndah, Mundubbera and Eidsvold so far.

HAZMAT teams, Scientific Teams and Rapid Damage Assessment personnel have ensured the communities are safe and secure.

A QFRS helicopter has been searching for hazardous materials while 23 combatant vehicles and 65 firefighters work around the clock.

Crews are also attending emergency calls in addition to the flood recovery, including a fire of 200-300 hay bales just outside of Mundubbera on Friday and a gas bottle fire in Gayndah on Saturday night.

Gas bottles have been a recurring drama in Gayndah, after the river ripped them from the back of businesses and Capper St was shut down several times due to gas leaks.

QFRS Incident Controller Adam Gwin said there had been five gas leaks in Gayndah of cylinders 400L and larger.

"There was a 2000L one jammed between houses and trees behind the IGA and venting," Mr Gwin said.

The concern was power at IGA would ignite the gas, and turning off power to the supermarket would have resulted in losing all of the town's refrigerated food supplies on the first night of the disaster, he said.

So Mr Gwin's only option was to take on the Burnett River.

"Myself and Mickey Young rowed out in a rowboat with a torch at about 3am and switched it off."

And this is only one heroic story of many from around the region. "It's been an absolutely phenomenal effort, they've been going flat out ever since it all happened," Mr Gwin said.

"And it's in every township, they've worked there bloody backsides off."

And QFRS is planning 5-7 days in advance to ensure the recovery is carried out as efficiently as possible.

"We're helping people and we're ready," Mr Gwin said.  


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