Patrons at the Corones Hotel in Wills Street, Charleville, enjoy a beer yesterday as they wait for the second wave of floodwater to arrive.
Patrons at the Corones Hotel in Wills Street, Charleville, enjoy a beer yesterday as they wait for the second wave of floodwater to arrive. Kieran Knox Western Times

Second wave of flooding hits

CHARLEVILLE has been hit by a second wave of flooding, forcing residents from their homes just as a clean-up was getting under way.

Businesses and residents began mopping up damaged properties yesterday morning, but heavy rain once again pushed up floodwaters in Bradleys Gully, which cuts through the town’s centre.

Emergency authorities told affected residents to retreat to the showgrounds, where an aid centre had been set up.

Bradleys Gully was forecast to peak at between two and 2.5 metres yesterday.

Lynn Capewell was staked out at her Beaurepaires franchise waiting for the second wave of floodwater to arrive.

She said after two days of flooding, residents were coping.

“The general feeling out on the street is that it’s no big deal really — it’s already happened, so what’s wrong with a bit more.”

Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts declared Balonne Shire a disaster situation, with residents in the towns of St George, Dirranbandi and Bollon likely to need evacuation.

The town of Bollon was inundated and water was continuing to rise.

Bollon Hotel owner Dennis Leggett said the water was “well and truly in the streets” of the town, which has a population of 100.

The Balonne River at St George is expected to reach about 12.5 to 13 metres this weekend.

The river peaked at 12.24 metres during the April 1990 flood.

Balonne Shire Mayor Donna Stewart said preparations were under way in St George as water levels continued to rise.

“The action is starting to hot up” she said.

St George was still sitting high and dry yesterday, but would go under if predicted flood levels hit.

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