Evacuation centres fill up as residents escape floodwater

FLOOD evacuation centres at Boyne Island and Gladstone were filled to capacity as hundreds of residents sought refuge last night.

More than 110 people took advantage of the Tanyella Community Centre in Tannum Sands overnight, with 130 people arriving this morning.

Councillor Maxine Brushe said she saw an influx of people arrive at the centre after authorities closed the Boyne Island Caravan Park.

"We had about 40-50 people at a time come over after it closed," Cr Brushe said.

At 1am Sunday the PCYC Gladstone was opened as an evacuation centre for residents at Benaraby.

PCYC branch manager Sgt John Kendall said more than 80 residents had stayed at the refuge overnight.

Mining company workers who were staying at the Benaraby Caravan Park spent the night at the PCYC.

This morning the workers found alternate accommodation.

At least 20 people remain at the centre now. 

Cr Brushe and deputy mayor Matt Burnett stayed at the Tanyella Community Centre overnight and will continue to travel to and from the Boyne Island Community Centre today.

Cr Brushe said the road between the Tanyella and Boyne Island Community Centre was currently open to traffic.

Boyne Island remains locked in with tidal waters expected to rise this morning.



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