River levels of 7.6m put the water approx 40cm over the concrete slab. It remained around this level for a few days and it was originally thought that it would go down before the floodwaters from the north brought it back up again.
The big plan was to get straight in as soon as the level went down enough to expose the road and allow us to lift what we could, Unfortunately the levels did not go down and are again rising towards a predicted level of 8.3 to 8.5 sometime in the night on Saturday.
To put things into perspective, the 2011 flood of 9.2m reached approx 170cm up the building.
The loss of various items is not the main problem (items can easily be replaced) - and its not the cleanup (we have had wonderful volunteers the last two years to help with that) - its the amount of water on the fields and the length of time it stays there that does the most damage.
There is no way we can predict the amount of time it will take to get the fields up and going again. We are heavily dependent on assistance from the council and unfortunately, touch does not seem much of a priority on their list of sports in Rockhampton even though we have one of the highest participation numbers.
As a matter of fact, following the last two floods, the restoration of the fields has actually been hampered somewhat by actions of council workers - allowing army grubs to devour more than 50% of new grass before taking action; mowing the new grass much too low; failing to carry out soil testing while doing so at other sporting grounds; delaying repairs and maintenance on the sprinkler system. We understand there are many sporting fields and parks that needed attention but why is touch always the last sport to get back up and going following these events?
Regardless, we do our utmost to get up and running as quickly as possible while giving consideration to the delicate conditions the floods cause to the fields and the damage premature use will cause.
We ask that you remain patient and continue to support us when that time comes.
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Last Modified on 30/01/2013 00:02