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Rescuers brave chest deep water to save flood horses

Cartmill Centre of Riding for the Disabled, Burpengary was helping their horses to safety before they got flooded. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News
Cartmill Centre of Riding for the Disabled, Burpengary was helping their horses to safety before they got flooded. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News Vicki Wood

HELPERS were up to their chests in water as they coaxed horses out of their flooded ground to safety.

The Cartmill Riding for the Disabled Burpengary was inundated with water due to Cyclone Marcia with the grounds, sheds and horses almost going under.

A huge community effort was put in to move the horses to higher ground after more than 140 millimetres of rain pelted down in the past 24 hours.

The not-for-profit riding school that teaches disabled children and adults how to ride horses is positioned on low lying land.  

Volunteer David Devine said it brought back memories of when the school flooded in 2009 and lost three horses.
"It's more than disappointing, its horrifying when this happens every year," he said.

"It just disturbs you, you know and you're helpless, there's nothing you can do about it.

"This is wonderful though, the horses are all getting out because this could all come back tomorrow."

Stables were organised at the Queensland State Equestrian Centre for the 20 horses but with no floats.

The school put a call out for help on ABC, Facebook pages and on Caboolture News asking for people to bring their floats and help transport the horses.

Wamuran resident Jo Wray came as soon as she heard.

"I've never been here before but I do know what Cartmill does and I'm not going to see the horses get stranded," she said.

"That's just what you do. "

The Moreton Bay region has received more than 150 millimetres in some areas within 24 hours which meant most of the schools in the were closed and about 57 road closures have been issued.

The council has been door knocking more than 140 homes in Toorbul and Beachmere low lying areas and are urging residents to monitor the conditions over the next 48 hours.

An evacuation centre has been set up in the Woodford  Community Hall, Woodford for residents who cannot get to their home.

Topics:  cyclone marcia editors picks wildweather


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