Burdekin LDMG stands down following record Giru flood

The Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) has stood down as floodwaters begin to fall at Giru.

The Haughton River at Giru peaked at a record major flood level of 3.20 metres around 6.30pm yesterday and is currently falling.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor and Burdekin LDMG Chair Lyn McLaughlin said the Bruce Highway had reopened this morning at Sandy Corner, Brandon and Alligator Creek.

“A number of road closures and traffic hazards remain in place across the district so please continue to check the Burdekin Shire Council website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au and www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au for updates,” Cr McLaughlin said.

Giru residents are asked to conserve water due to a blockage in the intake of the Giru Water Treatment Plant as a result of debris being washed into the system.

The Boil Water Advisory Notice affecting consumers in Giru and Shirbourne areas connected to the Giru Water Supply also continues to apply.

“Customers should boil all water used for drinking, brushing teeth, washing and preparing food or beverages, preparing baby formula and making ice,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Council thanks you for your patience and cooperation in this matter.”

Cr McLaughlin praised the resilience of the Giru community in dealing with the flood event.

“This is a self-sustainable community that is exemplary in their flood preparations and planning. New residents were well supported and informed throughout the event in a testament to the response efforts of the entire community,” she said.

Residents should continue to monitor the Bureau of Meteorology website www.bom.gov.au for further weather, rainfall and river information.

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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