Local Coutts Crossing farmer Dennis Reilly checks on an old molasses tin during flooding on Saturday. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
Local Coutts Crossing farmer Dennis Reilly checks on an old molasses tin during flooding on Saturday. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

Worst flood I’ve seen: Coutts Crossing grazier

COUTTS Crossing grazier, Dennis Reilly had his flood walls and mounds put to the ultimate test last night and he was glad his home avoided inundation.

"I built a mound for the house 24 years ago and last night we still had about 50cm left to go," Mr Reilly said.

Other farmers near Mr Reilly's home on Black Swan Dr, just west of Coutts Crossing, were not so lucky.

Mr Reilly said SES crews had to evacuate one family after water ran into their home.

He said another home was inundated and a property further down the road had water just underneath the floor boards.

Mr Reilly said this flood was the biggest he had ever seen in the area.

He said about twelve families would still be cut off on Leven Strauss Rd.

"They should be high and dry though," Mr Reilly said.

In terms of loss of stock he said he had been able to move his cattle to higher ground at Braunstone.

Mr Reilly was optimistic that cattle would once again be able to graze on his property within about a fortnight.

"There is some mud in the water but it will be gone in a couple of days," he said.

"We don't get any stink in the mud up here like they do down river."



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