Outlook fine as clean-up continues

Glen Whitton removes rubbish from flood fences near the Weir Bridge at Queens Park yesterday.
Glen Whitton removes rubbish from flood fences near the Weir Bridge at Queens Park yesterday. Gerard Walsh

SOUTHERN Downs residents still cleaning up after last week's flood can take comfort in this week's weather forecast.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Peter Otto said it was going to be mostly fine throughout the week.

"There is a possibility of showers in the ranges and in the Warwick area from Tuesday on, more likely Wednesday but still only isolated," he said.

"I am quite confident that the rain will not cause any flood issues."

Glen Whitton was cleaning flood rubbish from his farm on the banks of the Condamine River yesterday, still amazed by the damage.

"There was more erosion this year than in the 2011 flood," Mr Whitton said.

Mr Whitton owns land on Churchill Dr just downstream from the Queens Park Weir.

He has a park bench on his land, along with a lot of glass and rocks.

Almost all the fencing has been washed away.

He said one strainer post, which was 1.5m in the ground, was washed out and another in the same depth on the other side of a gate stayed in the ground.

"I think there was more damage this time as the ground was a lot drier. It was the fifth flood since 2008," Mr Whitton said.

"The flood just took big chunks of dirt. It dropped two inches of dirt on one part of a paddock and washed seven inches of dirt from another part of a paddock."

He said one of the major tasks after the flood would be to re-establish the soil profile.

"Some people at Clintonvale lost feet of soil," Mr Whitton said.

He runs a few cattle on the block as an interest and also does some trial work on the cattle with product from Riverina Stockfeeds where he is territory manager.

Mr Whitton removed his cattle from the block on Sunday night when a flood looked possible.

"At 2.30am Monday, Brett Benz rang to warn me about the flood which could hit the Cowboys," he said.

"I went down to the Cowboys and back to my block at 5.30am to get more things out before the flood."

On Friday night, there was 17mm in the town of Warwick and similar amounts on both sides.

"The rain on Friday softened the soil up a bit," he said.

 

Forecast

Today: Fine, 14 to 26 degrees, light southerly winds



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