Stuck in the middle of Queensland without a paddle

Submitted: Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 20:37
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Me mate, EO Member George(NT), had to leave his beloved Nissan 4.2 behind in Boulia, Queensland, after spending a week there hemmed in by floodwaters. He and his good lady flew out back to darwin via Birdsville and Brisbane on the milk run a few weeks ago, leaving his wagon in the care of the local publican.

He decided to go and collect it last week as the Barkly Hwy is once again passable. He got a ride to the Isa after advertising the fact and arrived there last Saturday. Tried to hitch a ride to Boulia but the only one to stop was a fella who was worse for wear, so George decided that it would be better to wait for the supply truck to come up from Boulia today and get a lift back.

Trouble is....it started raining again and floodwaters have now cut the road bewteen Dajarra and Mt Isa and it seems that George will have to cool his heels in the copper city until Friday....or maybe longer.

Such is life!

George says Cheers to all his EO mates.



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Reply By: Member - Michael J (SA) - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 20:42

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 20:42
Cheers George....


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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 21:08

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 21:08
Not promising news for young George, seems there is a bit more of the wet stuff on it's way with the north west to cop the brunt of it. Hope he gets in and out in a hurry but safely.

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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 21:17

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 21:17
Willem,

Maybe George should have packed a boat instead of a change of clothes ;)

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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 21:37

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 21:37
You not heading North, and could stop in to give him a lift? ;-)

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 21:39

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 21:39
No I'm not Andrew.....EMQ HQ said NO due to a dodgy back :(
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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 09:39

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 09:39
Pity he missed the Australia Day Awards - he could have taken out Queensland Citizenship and then wouldn't have to carry his Passport each time he visits! Lol.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 10:18

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 10:18
Not good, Willem.

90mm rain in the Isa last night, and forecast to hang around till later in the week. Only one bridge open over the Leichardt, and traffic snarls there to rival the Gateway in Brisbane at moment.

George might be able to kill some time going through the Riverleigh Centre, Willem. This is about where the traffic problems finish, coincidently. A week caught in Mt Isa would be better than than 2 days caught in Camooweal.

Around 70mm in Winton last night, rained all night, and hasn't stopped this morning either. Had planned to spread some gravel around the yard today, but looks like it'll be a rice planting day instead!!!

Still waiting on the local sparkie to wire the shed.....not holding my breath either. Otherwise could be down there being constructive, instead of being "destructive' up here.

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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 10:26

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 10:26
Absolutly pouring down at Muttaburra
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 11:30

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 11:30
Bob, can't believe you'd use that as an excuse not to get out and spread the gravel. Have a look at my new rig photo - good, eh?
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 12:33

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 12:33
It looks like it is getting wet up that way again

Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland Regional Office

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST


SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
for FLASH FLOODING
For people in parts of the
Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders,
Northwest and
Central West Forecast Districts.


Issued at 10:45 am Tuesday, 10 February 2009.


Slow moving thunderstorms are likely to produce locally very heavy rainfall and flash flooding in some parts of the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Julia Creek, Duchess Hotel, Selwyn and Mckinlay Roadhouse.



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