Flood damage and clean up
More stock are fear drowned and there is evidence that the high cost irrigation systems have been destroyed on many farms as the damage bill is set to rise beyond the initial estimate of 750 million dollars.
The Department of Primary industries Simon Oliver has travelled to Moree and Narrabri.
He says crops are destroyed and fodder and stored wheat may have been lost, as well as thousands of sheep.
“I have been talking to staff and there is evidence of a lot of damage in the west, from Wee Waa to Rowena, Narrabri and up to Moree,” he said.
“Farmers have lost a lot of fodder and wheat storage in paddocks is now sitting in the water, so that will most likely be weather damaged and the hay will be damaged as well.”
Simon Oliver is warning people that when silage becomes wet it can spontaneously combust.
“Irrigation infrastructure has been damaged that is new and expensive stuff. We had heard about poly pipe just floating in the wash but we are waiting for the water to recede to get a sense of the dollar value of the loss,” he said.
“I fear that thousands of sheep may have perished and today we have found a few hundred more dead sheep around Rowena.
“Water is moving away slowly, especially in the west and Bourke, Walgett and Brewarrina will be cut off for some time.”
Any landholders that have got stock in the district or have got isolated stock up there now, are either moving them to higher ground or they are being advised to move them as soon as possible.
“It remains to be seen how much of that Queensland water is coming down all those rivers, but the experts are telling me it could be a lot,” Simon Oliver says.
Article source: http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201202/s3425126.htm