Balonne River expected to remain high for a number of days

Balonne River floodwater moving south

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Roads are closed due to floodwaters in the St George and Dirranbandi districts. Picture: Outback Media and Marketing Qld.

Roads are closed due to floodwaters in the St George and Dirranbandi districts. Picture: Outback Media and Marketing Qld.

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Balonne River floodwater moving south.

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Following the peak of the Balonne River at St George on Thursday, the Andrew Nixon bridge will remain closed.

Mayor and LDMG Chairman Richard Marsh said the river level will be above the height of the bridge for a number of days.

"Water has impacted some properties but none has entered any homes, which is a great result," Cr Marsh said.

"Ergon has advised that they will be inspecting properties this morning to see which homes can be reconnected to power.

"Residents are urged to obey all road rules while driving around the town.

"Police have issued infringement notices to people for having unrestrained children in the car; $1000 fine to person driving and recording with phone; disobeying a no entry sign; and a driver for allowing a passenger to not wear a seat belt and the passenger was fined as well. "

"All these people were locals which is very disappointing but on the whole the police have commended the community for their positive outlook.

"Police will continue to have an increased presence to ensure the safety of all residents and visitors.

"They also will continue enforcement actions on those who deliberately disregard the road rules."

Cr Marsh said St George State Emergency Service personnel were working on resupply plans for Dirranbandi.

"Dirranbandi is the next concern and it will be a few days before it gets to there," he said.

The flood water has fanned around the township of Dirranbandi with the Castlereagh Highway now closed to the north, and the Hebel Road from the southern side is also closed.

These road closures will isolate the township of Dirranbandi for some time.

SES crew is currently on their way to Bollon, via boat and road, with medical and food supplies," Cr Marsh said.

"They are also carrying a supply of mosquito repellent for the town.

"Council will commence a fogging program to combat outbreaks of mosquitos and sandflies."

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