Residents lay in wait as water creeps up

SELMA Rd residents were watching the Nogoa River rise with an experienced degree of apprehension this week, having experienced its wrath more than once before.

The Idles family was safe but prepared to act as they watched the torrent rise from their back veranda yesterday.

"It's getting up pretty close, but it's still got to come up a fair bit," Maurie Iddles said.

"If it gets to 2.5m - 2.8m (over the spillway), then it hits the house.

"We just don't want any more rain. We're keeping an eye it, don't you worry."

Further downstream, at 2PH Farms, staff worked tirelessly to remove pumps from the riverbank last week.

"If it goes over 2m over the spillway at worst there will be 10 trees with a bit of water on them, which has zero significance for us," 2PH owner Craig Pressler said.

"If it goes to three metres-plus then it will cause a problem.

Selma Rd was closed at St Helen's Creek, and on Wednesday the council reported it may close at the LN3 drain when the river nears its peak.


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