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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Record flood brings back miserable memories in Maryborough

For the second time in six weeks, Rhonda Uren looks over floodwaters to see only the roof of her Maryborough home. But this time the water will peak higher.

The Mary River at Maryborough currently sits at the level of last month’s major flood, and residents are being told to brace for a rise of a further meter or more as water travels out to sea from Gympie.

Ms Uren, who first evacuated in January, said she had not yet begun moving back into her home before disaster struck again.

“Luckily, we haven’t had anything in the house since the last flood,” she said.

Ms Uren fears the damage to her home will be worse than after last month’s flooding. ,ABC Wide Bay: Lucy Loram,

“The insurance company wouldn’t pay up, so we haven’t had any repairs. So, we didn’t have to move too much out.”

Neighbors further up the street offered Ms Uren a place to say, as she prepared to cover the entire cost of damages caused by two floods in two months.

Flood Water Strands Residents In Their Street
Some residents in low-lying flood areas of Maryborough are stranded. ,ABC Wide Bay: Lucy Loram,

“I’ve been fighting the insurance company trying to get them to pay out, but they’re just not going to pay so I just have to fix it al myself,” she said.

Tarp Surrounds House To Protect From Flood Water
Residents have tried to avoid flood damage to their homes by creating makeshift levees. ,ABC Wide Bay: Lucy Loram,

History repeating

Like all residents in Maryborough and its surrounds, Ms Uren has been told major flood levels could reach up to 11 meters by late Monday or early Tuesday.

Wide Bay Burnett Police say 42 businesses and 325 homes could be impacted by the predicted flood peak of 10.7 meters.

Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor George Seymour said the event is similar to the floods the devastated the community in 2013.

Aerial View Dickabram Bridge In Maryborough
Floodwater has reached the top of Dickabram Bridge in Maryborough. ,Supplied: Ty Farrow from Ergon Energy Kilkivan,

“This is a major flood and there is a lot of water coming down river from Gympie floods,” he said.


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