Rain leads to bank erosion
THE bank of Swan Creek behind Carey Bros Abattoir has once again been eroded with last week's downpour causing further damage and anxiety.
The bank was damaged badly in last year's floods and owner Greg Carey said further erosion was caused by last week's rain.
"There's quite a bit of damage," Mr Carey said.
"We lost one metre of the bank adjacent to the office."
Mr Carey said a project to secure the land was in progress but still had a long way to go.
"The major project to repair the creek bank is ongoing at this stage," he said.
"We had a plan drawn up by an engineer.
"But another engineer said it wouldn't work so we're working on a new plan.
"It takes an enormous amount of work to design it," he said.
"The engineers are still trying to gather as much information before work starts."
Mr Carey said the damage was not as bad as that caused by previous downpours.
"It didn't damage the fence or leave debris so that's easy compared to previous floods," he said.
"We've had three severe floods in recent times so thankfully the damage wasn't major."
Mr Carey said the creek had continuously eroded over time.
"If you look at the banks of the creek now, I would say it's probably about 18-20m wide," he said.
"When I started here I would say it was probably about three metres wide.
"It's just gotten wider as more erosion has occurred."
Mr Carey said any more rain could have been disastrous.
"I reckon it would have only taken another four feet of water and it would have eroded the bank even more," he said.
"It would have been so close you could not even drive a car between the bank and the back of the abattoir.
"With the landscape of the banks now, it just funnels the water straight down the creek and directly into the banks."
While disappointed about the damage, Mr Carey said he was still pleased about the rain.
"I don't want it to look like I'm just in the paper to have a whinge," he said.
"It's great for the farming community and the whole region to have the rain and then have the run-off flowing into the Condamine River.
"It was much needed."