The view downriver from Blackwell Street Tannum Sands towards the John Oxley bridge between Boyne Island and Tannum Sands.
The view downriver from Blackwell Street Tannum Sands towards the John Oxley bridge between Boyne Island and Tannum Sands. Lisa Maynard

Baffle Creek remains an 'unknown'

Details about the needs of trapped residents in Baffle Creek remain unknown.

The area has been cut off with virtually no communication systems connecting them to the outside world.

Gladstone Regional Mayor Gail Sellers said authorities were still working to determine how many people were trapped at Baffle Creek.

At a meeting of the Gladstone Local Disaster Management Group this afternoon, authorities said teams were planning trips in to the area to determine what needed to be done.

Gladstone Water police are in the area today and Gladstone district disaster coordinator Acting Superintendent Michael Sawrey said the police were "very keen to get in there." he said police hope to send more personnel by helicopter tomorrow.

 One of the biggest concerns about Baffle Creek is the supply of food. Cr Sellers said the council was sending a helicopter in to determine what supplies are needed. The helicopter will then fly back out, load up with supplies and re-enter to deliver.

She said some phone calls have been received from Baffle Creek, but in general communication had been extremely difficult as most telephone systems have been affected.

The council plans to evacuate residents from Baffle Creek to an emergency centre set up in the Agnes Water Community Centre.



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