Emerald mop-up continues as Rockhampton braces

Mar 01 2019 Published by under 深圳桑拿网

As a third looter was arrested by Emerald police, emergency workers were focusing on a hard-hit area west of the Nogoa River where the homes of 30 people have been badly damaged by the flood.


Emerald mayor Peter Maguire said several homes would have to be assessed today for structural damage.

“We're sending a heap of resources out that way,” Mr Maguire said, adding that citrus crops in the area had also been adversely affected.

“We need to take fresh water, pump out septic systems, all sorts of things.

“These houses have had pretty severe inundation and flooding. We're waiting for further advice on the structural damage on some of the houses.”

At noon AEST yesterday, the Nogoa River was 11.6 metres and falling.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on Saturday and charged with one count of stealing with circumstances of aggravation and two counts of break and enter, police said.

He has been remanded in custody to appear in court later this week.

The arrest came after two boys, aged 14 and 16, were on Friday charged with wilful damage and break and enter over looting in Riverview Street between Tuesday and Thursday.

They were flown to a youth detention centre in Brisbane on Saturday amid fears they would be attacked by furious locals.

Authorities estimate looters smashed their way into up to 20 units and houses and stole personal items while the owners were in evacuation centres.

Rockhampton braces for peak

In Rockhampton, the community rallied behind the rescue of a family of magpie-larks trapped in a nest atop a tree on the banks of the Fitzroy River.

Water moving downstream from Emerald to Rockhampton was endangering the four chicks, with a flood peak of about eight metres expected on Wednesday.

The birds, known as peewees in Queensland and NSW, were moved to a nearby tree out of harm's way in a joint rescue operation between the SES and the local wildlife organisation.

“At this stage the chicks hadn't reunited with their parents,” local MP Robert Schwarten told AAP.

“Food is still being taken to the branch, but it would seem the relocation of the chicks into another tree went seamlessly.”

A new amphibious, all-terrain ambulance and a 15 tonne support truck have been sent to Rockhampton, but Mr Schwarten is confident the vehicles would not be needed.

He believed flooding in Rockhampton would have several positive effects, including the movement of noxious weed hyacinth down the Fitzroy River and into the sea.

“There's huge amounts of hyacinth and other noxious weeds going into a sudden death in the salt water so everyone's delighted about that,” Mr Schwarten said.

“The present indications are that it (the floods) will do more long-term good than harm.

“Everyone's on red-hot alert out here. We are carefully optimistic, not complacent.

“The biggest complaint was that council closed the electric barbecues, for obvious reasons. It just shows that some people wouldn't be happy in heaven.”

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