BACK IN ACTION: Reconstruction of the detour road on Racecourse Rd, Calliope, was completed by 8.30am yesterday, after the road was washed out in Tuesday night’s storm.
BACK IN ACTION: Reconstruction of the detour road on Racecourse Rd, Calliope, was completed by 8.30am yesterday, after the road was washed out in Tuesday night’s storm. Mike Richards

Detour road washed out by heavy rain

CALLIOPE residents waiting for road works on Racecourse Rd to finish were further delayed after heavy rainfall washed away a temporary detour road.

Some had to find other ways to work, while others were able to cut through neighbours' properties to get into town.

But council workers were quick off the mark, fixing the temporary road within seven hours of being notified.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded 63mm overnight on Tuesday in Calliope, while residents across Gladstone posted photos to social media of the magnificent lightning show.

Calliope resident Desley O'Grady came across the washed-out road early yesterday morning.

"It's usually the only way out; luckily I can cut through someone else's property today," she said.

She said the road works were a great idea for the Calliope region.

"We're very grateful for it. We used to get flooded out all the time. We're going to have a fantastic road when it's all finished," she said.

Tina Skyring watched the lightning and rain from her home in Calliope.

"We lost power three or four times; it was some really good rain," she said.

Gladstone Regional Council engineer services portfolio spokesperson Rick Hansen said the proposed completion of the roadworks was December 20.

"The program will now need to be reviewed as a result of the storm event," Cr Hansen said.

"The recent weather has obviously delayed the project."

Road works will recommence on the concrete aprons and headwalls when the creek lowers.

Rainfall in the past seven days

  • Gladstone 101mm
  • Boyne Island 116mm
  • Benaraby 107mm
  • Miriam Vale 62mm
  • Seventeen Seventy 62mm


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