Council works on Charleys Gully Road at Freestone.
Council works on Charleys Gully Road at Freestone.

Pair praise council for flood help

RESIDENTS cut off by floodwaters on Monday have praised the Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) for its care and compassion in their hours of need.

Steve and Karen Turner, whose secluded property on Charleys Gully Road at Freestone was isolated after the gully burst its banks and washed away their only road access, say they were blown away by the helpfulness and concern of council officers in recent days.

The Turners have been patiently waiting for the water to subside and yesterday managed to cross the damaged section of the road in their four-wheel drive after repairs were finished by a council crew.

Mr Turner said council officers had “done things we would never have expected them to do” while the couple were stranded at home.

“They offered to drive us into town so we could do some shopping and they offered to call out the SES (State Emergency Service) to provide emergency food supplies and pumps as we had no water to the house after our pump was submerged,” Mr Turner said.

“They also called us (Wednesday morning) just to find out how we were doing – they have been most obliging.

“I just think it’s important to give praise where it’s due, especially when you consider there will have been dozens, if not hundreds of other people who have been in a similar situation to us this week out in the bush.

“They have also done a great job in fixing the road quickly and we are grateful for that also.”

Charleys Gully, which has its source in the hill country east of Mount Dumaresq and flows into Glengallan Creek at Clintonvale, has been dry for most of the last decade.

But Monday’s rain transformed it into a wall of water which dislodged trees and boulders and cut Freestone Road near its junction with the Cunningham Highway.

Freestone Road remains closed at the Palmer Bridge due to damage to the bridge supports from floodwaters in Freestone Creek.

Have you been trapped at home thanks to the floods? Call us with your story on 4660 1310.


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