Floods in the South West of Qld

January 14, 2010


That's the Flood truck in the middle of the picture right near the Bulloo River
That’s the Flood truck in the middle of the picture right near the Bulloo River


We have not had a mail at Kilcowera since just after Christmas and I had a heap of mail to go too as, I have been selling some stuff on ebay.  Also our fruit and vegetable supply was running low.  Ran out of salad stuff 10 days ago but I did find a little cabbage lurking in a corner of the coldroom so we have been eating a fair bit of coleslaw and tinned vegetables.  Still had an ample supply of potatoes, onions, pumpkin and the other necessities of life (beer and wine)! 

So off to town we went and the drive in was delightful – so green and swamps full of water, birds everywhere but no stock to be seen as nearly everyone has either sold their animals or have them on agistment. 

Greg and Lucy sitting in car as it is being transported across the Bulloo River

The Bulloo river has been flooding since the first of January and the Council uses a flood truck to ferry people, supplies and cars across the river until it gets to 1 metre over the bridge then they have to start using a boat.  Greg drove the Station Wagon onto the back of the truck and off we went through about half a kilometre of flood water.  It’s a very good service and we are lucky to have it.  I don’t think many other towns do such a thing.  It allows you to drive around town and get your supplies without double handling everything as it all gets transported back over the river in your own car.  Even though it does cost $40 for a round trip, it used to be free.

The flood waters of the Bulloo.

The townspeople often put their cars over the river when they know there is a flood coming.  They can still get away easily if they have their car on the Brisbane side of the flood.  A good few years ago we  wanted  to truck cattle out to a sale, the truck driver arrived at the turnoff onto our road at about 10 o’clock at night and there were about 40 cars and trucks parked haphazardly on the eastern side of the river. He (and we) were very lucky that he was able to skilfully weave his roadtrain through the parked vehicles and continue on his way.

Just a few trucks and cars parked on the Brisbane / Toowoomba side of the river this time

It appears there is a loophole in the mail contractors’ contract which says that the mail is not to be carried over floodwaters unless they have Marine Insurance and that’s why we haven’t had a mail delivery for some time.  Evidently the Council used to pay for this insurance but doesn’t anymore.  Been very little mail in or out of town during this flood. We were told a couple of deliveries had been flown in but that is very unusual.  The mail people are not very popular at the moment as they continue bringing freight in and out of the town but not the mail.

Some very happy Coolibah trees in the Bulloo River

We had a very big storm go past Kilcowera a week or so ago and it knocked out a transformer on a neighbours electricity supply. He had no back up generator to supply his own power which is really stupid and like living in the dim dark ages.  Anyway Ergon Energy had to fly one in for him in 2 helicopters.  He would have been a happy man – visitors!  It was the only way anyone would have been visiting during that wet period.

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