Gives a new meaning to Bridge Closed

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 19:34
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Just got some photos of the Bridge in St George after the water has dropped below the carriageway.




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Reply By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 19:36

Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 19:36
Kev
ya old man wont have too far to go get this winters fire wood now ....hahahhaha
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 19:48

Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 19:48
I hope it is easy to split as my back it getting sore just thinking about it LOL



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Follow Up By: Member - Vince B (NSW) - Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 14:55

Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 14:55
Mark.
Get Kev to cut it up & deliver it to Mann River for Anzac weekend.
It will certainly save us the job LOL.
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Reply By: Hairs & Fysh (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 19:55

Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 19:55
Hi Ya Kev,
How has the weir held up to all that pressure, or can't that be determined until the water recedes further?
There would of been a lot of weight against it.

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 20:05

Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 20:05
Who knows about the weir. I think they will get the engineers out to check it once they have cleared the carriageway.

Beardmore dam has suffered some structural damage but not enough to make it life threatening (there is a hairline crack in the main wall somewhere).

The only way for mum to get to town is still by boat, or do a 50+km trip through the back blocks of neighbouring properties to get to the bridge.


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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 20:53

Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 20:53
Hairs,

I just found out the the bitumen approaches on the western side of the bridge are gone and there is some road works needed before the bridge reopens.

The Council inspected the bridge today and other than the approaches and some cosmetic issues the Bridge will be open by Tuesday.

You can now drive from St George to Mungindi, so the flood threat to Nindigully and Thallon has finished.

The road the Dirranbandi is still closed until they can effect some temporary repairs to the missing sections of road. They expect it to take about another 10 days for the remaining flood water to pass Dirran and the roads to be reopened.

The road to Moonie is open to vehicles less than 5t unless a permit is obtained from Main Roads in Warwick.


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Follow Up By: Hairs & Fysh (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 21:05

Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 21:05
Thats excellent news Kev,
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 19:57

Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 19:57
Thanks Kev - a great illustration for us South Aussies of what water can do - doesn't happen much down here (but I won't go on :-o). Did Barnaby get his feet wet ?
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 20:02

Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 20:02
Barnaby was very busy filling sandbags and doing some manual labour. His place was in the zone that they predicted wouldn't go under water.


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Reply By: Wilko - Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 22:36

Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 22:36
Hi Sir Kev,

Would love to see the bridge after they (you guys on the council lol) get rid of those trees to see what damage has been caused.

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Follow Up By: 2000 Red Rodeo - Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 23:24

Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 23:24
I thought the council put the trees there to make sure people got the message that the road was closed..LOL
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 07:07

Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 07:07
Red,

That is why they have left them on the bridge until the approaches have been fixed.

Wilko,
I am not working for that council, I am in the neighbouring one to the North East.

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Follow Up By: Wilko - Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 08:21

Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 08:21
No worries, you council blokes are doing a great job The Cobar shire (like many) had road washed away ect. Stopped me dead in my tracks.

Wasnt long before they've been patched to a usable level (thorough fixing later required) so at least things can get moving again.

I can now earn money to keep my Wifey in the manner she's become accustomed lol

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 08:44

Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 08:44
Wilko,

i think there is going to be a long list of roads that need repairing after this flood. almost every major road has had major structural damage. The Rail has also been damaged as well so they can't even use the railway to freigth in essential services :(


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