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Gladstone flood repairs will take up to two years: mayor

It will take up to two years for roads and other infrastructure to be repaired across the region, after this year's heavy rain.
It will take up to two years for roads and other infrastructure to be repaired across the region, after this year's heavy rain. Chris Chan

WITH ongoing rain hampering the region's efforts to get back on its feet, recovery from the flood event is going to take time and money, with at least $70 million needed for road repairs alone.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said restoration of roads throughout the region was likely to span 18-24 months.

As work to re-establish road access continues, Cr Sellers said a number of external contractors had been brought in to assist council.

"Because of the continued rain we are finding the majority of roads are becoming saturated, making it difficult to access with large machinery to carry out repairs," Cr Sellers said.

"We are trying to avoid the situation where by trying to repair damage we are, in fact, inflicting more."

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster David Grant said Gladstone could expect showers over the next few days but not much more.

The region is also unlikely to feel any effects from the cyclone developing off the coast of Townsville.

"All of the activity from the low focuses in the areas north of Mackay," he said.

"It may develop into a cyclone on Thursday or Friday and then move away from the coast."

"We can't rule out more rain at this stage."

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