Inglewood survives flood scare
INGLEWOOD has survived a second flood scare in four days.
It followed on from Friday, January 7, when water peaked between eight and nine metres just under the high-level traffic bridge over the Macintyre Brook on the eastern outskirts of the town. However, it was not enough to inundate the town.
On Tuesday, the Goondiwindi Regional Council made a letter box drop to Inglewood residents outlining the council’s Disaster Management Plan which read that when water reaches 5.45m at Coolmunda Dam, it would roughly equate to a flood level at the high-level traffic bridge of 10.8 metres.
Should that happen, the fire siren would be sounded continuously to warn residents and to indicate six to seven hours notice of impending water in the township.
A town meeting would then be conducted in the civic centre to brief residents as to the possible outcome of expected levels.
It also names the Macintyre Sport Centre as the evacuation point.
Coincidentally, that night, the town was again on alert with water from Coolmunda Dam coming into the Macintyre Brook and peaking at 9.2 metres (just short of the flood height) at 11.30pm.
The following morning, Canning Creek, the historically unpredictable “wild card” tributary which joins the Brook about one kilometre downstream from the bridge, then came into play.
Rain in its upper reaches continued to substantially increase levels downstream from its junction with the Brook only falling after cutting the Cunningham Highway with 40cm of water over the Whetstone Bridge, 16km west of Inglewood.
In the meantime, Wednesday morning saw a young woman and a small boy fishing hopefully in the swollen waters of the Macintyre Brook near the traffic bridge.
Narelle Nixon and Mitchell Power were on their way home to Southport after visiting Goulburn when their journey was halted at Inglewood by the closure of the bridge at Sandy Creek at Warwick.
Narelle said she was given some worms by a local who was digging for bait near a park and then bought the fishing lines at the newsagency for her and Mitchell to try their luck. She said they were enjoying their adventure and had had a lot of strong bites.
She praised the friendliness of residents who had stopped to see how they were going.