Gas cut to Bundaberg homes
About 1,000 homes and businesses in the Bundaberg area are without natural gas after gas suppliers decided damage to the pipeline required attention.
Envestra said in a statement that the pipeline was damaged just north of Bundaberg where it crosses beneath the Burnett River.
The supplier's managing director, Ian Little, said that while their priority was to restore service as quickly as they can, the extent of the damage and the approach with repairs can't be determined until waters recede.
He elaborated: "We apologise for the inconvenience and will do all we can to restore gas supplies as quickly as possible.
"The Queensland government has offered whatever assistance necessary to help us restore supply in the shortest possible time. Our contractors, APA Asset Management, are working closely with the government to identify."
Mr Little added that by turning off the supply until the damage is fixed, it will ensure that service is immediately resumed once it has been mended.
Queensland minister for natural resources and mines Andrew Cripps said that when water rises above the gas network, a property must be inspected and a certificate provided before the gas supply can be restored.
Posted by Callum Fleming