Maryborough opening up as floodwaters recede

UPDATE: Both the Lamington and Granville bridges are now open.

Original story: The good news coming out of Maryborough this afternoon is that important access roads and routes are starting to reopen following severe flooding in the region.

Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road was reopened to traffic a short while ago.

The busy route between the Heritage City and Hervey Bay was cut at the Saltwater Creek Bridge.

Until this afternoon, people travelling between the two cities had to follow a detour via Torbanlea.

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Residents in Granville can also access the outside world again, but for now they have to go via Tin Can Bay.

Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor Darren Everard said earlier officials were hopeful the Mary River would continue to drop so that the Granville Bridge could be reopened as soon as possible.

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Cr Everard and Mayor George Seymour both emphasised how roads, bridges and other important infrastructure would only be reopened or reconnected once safe to do so.

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The Bruce Highway is open from Maryborough all the way through to Brisbane.

Cr Seymour said the this would help improve food and supply deliveries going forward.

Meanwhile, crews operating in Maryborough have shifted their focus from disaster management to recovery.

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Cr Everard said the flood levee in the CBD was successful – reducing the flood impact in the city centre.

“This means clean-up crews will be able to get to outlying areas much quicker,” Cr Everard said.

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