Five councils in North West Queensland are eligible for disaster relief funding in the wake of recent storms and flooding.
The assistance will allow towns to restore roads and other public infrastructure damaged during, and in the aftermath of tropical cyclone Imogen, which crossed the coast near Karumba on January 3.
Financial support will be provided to aid recovery in Carpentaria, Croydon, Etheridge and Mornington Shires, though the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
DRFA funding is also available for Winton Shire Council, after the area was were impacted by extreme rainfall throughout the Christmas period.
Etheridge Shire Council Mayor Barry Hughes said producers were celebrating the wet despite the damage.
"There's two sides to Imogen - one is she created a bit of carnage to roadworks and fencing infrastructure, but the country is lapping it up and really smiling," Cr Hughes said.
"You've got to drink the froth to get the beer."
Cr Hughes, who was flooded in at his property North Head, Forsayth, said the full extent of the damage was not yet clear.
"We know there is quite considerable damage to station access roads, the Gregory Road from Einasleigh to the Oasis has damage and we've had to bring in council crews back over the holidays to do restoration work at the Elizabeth Creek Bridge at Mount Surprise to open the Gulf Development Road."
Cr Hughes said some travellers in the region had got into strife.
"We had one vehicle which has been totally swamped on a swollen river, and we've also had some helicopter evacuations along the Einasleigh catchment as well."
Cr Hughes said the Charleston Dam was overflowing, which would provide water security for Georgetown and Forsayth, while graziers were welcoming the return of an early wet.
"The country has been putting its hand up for a number of years to get a good drink over the wet season," Cr Hughes said.
"It has only just started and to have this amount kicking about at the start of the wet, despite the collateral damage of Imogen, I think it looks good for the rest of the year in terms of the grazing industry, which is the primary industry in the shire.
"While rain has been ad hoc across the region, it's been very short seasons which has put a lot of pressure on the grazing industry at the back end of the season, and also council's water supplies for our communities, so there's a number of positives right across the board."
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