Floods will see truckies go under
Torrential rain is expected to return to north west Queensland next week, closing more roads and stranding holidaymakers – and dozens of truck drivers, depriving them of their regular income.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that heavy rains swept away a large section of the Barkly Highway between the mining hub of Mt Isa and the Northern Territory and authorities warn it could be several weeks before the road will reopen.
The road is the main arterial between Mt Isa and Darwin and Transport Workers Union Queensland Secretary Hughie Williams warned its closure could affect the supply of freight to the Northern Territory.
He said the closure, as well as disruptions due to flooding around Mt Isa, could send some drivers broke.
"Their costs are still incurring day by day and they are not getting any income," he said.
"Some of these people almost live from week to week and day by day to pay their instalments on their trucks.
"A lot of those truck drivers could be out of business."
Several communities, including Mt Isa, Julia Creek, Cloncurry, Burketown, Doomadgee, Gregory Downs, Urandanji, McKinlay and Georgetown, have been isolated by flood waters.