The popular Lake Borumba recreation areas are set to be re-opened as early as the weekend.
Seqwater crews have been working hard to clean-up and restore power in the aftermath of the fierce storm that battered South East Queensland on Sunday evening.
High winds brought down trees, branches and powerlines, leaving behind a mess of debris.
Seqwater Acting Manager of Northern Operations Murray Dunstan said access to the recreation areas at Lake Borumba had been temporarily closed while clean-up and maintenance work was carried out.
Mr Dunstan said Seqwater was working to re-open the popular recreation area by the weekend, following the completion of the clean-up and a thorough safety inspection of the area.
“Seqwater has been working with Gympie Regional Council and SES crews to safely clear trees from powerlines and remove potential hazards such as hanging branches,” Mr Dunstan said.
“It’s all hands on deck.
“In some instances, there are broken tree branches, at least 300mm in diameter hanging from trees 30 feet in the air, so cherry pickers are being brought in to remove those.
“We closed the access road to the recreational area, while this work is carried out.
“While our aim is to reopen this area in time for the weekend, the priority is making sure it’s safe.”
Mr Dunstan said Seqwater has also been working with energy companies to restore power to the area.
“Unfortunately the storm on Sunday ripped down hundreds of powerlines across Queensland and was followed by more storms this week, so we’ve had to be patient for energy crews to restore power to the area” Mr Dunstan said.
“As of today (Wednesday 14 February) we’ve had crews from Energex on site and power has been partially restored to the area.”
Fortunately, the storm has not significantly impacted construction works for the refurbishment of the Borumba Dam Camp Ground.
The project, which began at the end of January, includes construction of a new site office as well as a complete upgrade of the existing shower and toilet facilities.