Laceys Creek 1974 Floods Aftermath

The aftermath of the 1974 flood at Laceys Creek

The aftermath of the 1974 flood at Laceys Creek

 

Laceys Creek Road and Weston’s Crossing were completely washed away in the 1974 Australia Day weekend flood leaving a drop of some 8 feet [approx. 2.44m] outside Weston’s gate. Milk from the farms in the Dayboro district was usually transported to Paul’s factory at South Brisbane by tanker but it was almost a week before that factory was back in operation after the flood. During that time farmers just had to milk their cows and let the milk go. When the factory was again operational some of the Laceys Creek farmers were able to get their milk across the creek in cans on their tractors and the milk was then slowly pumped into the tanker driven by Jack Bond.
We do not have actual rainfall figures for that weekend but we do have rainfall figures for the whole of January 1974 of 1597.25mm (plus overflow) [approx. 62 inches] at an Ocean View property owned by Brian Crane. It is recorded in February 1931 that a total of 54 inches of rain [approx.1372mm] fell at Mt. Mee in a period of 8 days. Overnight on 10/11th January 2011 over 16 inches [approx. 410mm] fell at King Scrub. It is not surprising that Dayboro township has been flooded on a number of occasions.