CQ could cop another 100mm in next 24 hours - Higgins

UPDATE NOON: Higgins Storm Chasers have warned Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Gladstone could cop another 100mm in the next 24 hours.

Jeff Higgins told reporters in Gladstone all three areas across Central Queensland hit hardest since the falls began on Saturday --- Yeppoon Rockhampton and Gladstone --- could be at risk of some flash flooding if the current intensity persists.

"There is a risk of flash flooding between these areas," he said.

"We could even see another 100mm."

Read more here: Massive trough hanging over CQ looks to stay rather than move inland

Storm chaser Jeff Higgins said the rain isn't going anywhere just yet.
Storm chaser Jeff Higgins said the rain isn't going anywhere just yet.

UPDATE 11.20AM:  THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued flood warnings for Fitzroy, Connors, Mackenzie and Isaac Rivers for this week.

Stream rises are occurring across the Connors River catchment, with minor flood levels rising at Pink Lagoon.

Minor flood levels are expected on the Isaac River at Yatton during Monday evening, with further river rises and moderate flooding to develop during Tuesday. Read more here: Fitzroy River flood warning for later this week


UPDATE 10AM: UP TO 50 people have been stranded on the Five Rocks side of Water Park Creek.

The campers  have become stranded after the region recorded over 100mm in a 24 hour period.

Read the full story here: Campers stranded at Waterpark Creek due to floods

Meanwhile, there are reports of water over the road in a number of places: ROAD CLOSURES: What roads are closed across the region

EARLIER:  ROCKHAMPTON has recorded over 100mm of rain in the past 24 hours, according the Bureau of Meteorology.

As of 5.50am this morning, the region had recorded 102.6mm in a 24-hour period.

Gladstone had recorded 110.8 in the city and 115.2 at the Gladstone Airport.

Mackay recorded 112.6mm while 137.4mm was recorded at Hamilton Island.

Today's International Women's Day High Tea at Bell Park has been postponed due to the forecast of continued wet weather.
It will be rescheduled for a later date.

Residents have shared photographs and videos across a number of public Facebook pages of the rain over the weekend.

This video was posted on Mackay Weather Chasers' Facebook page of Mackay's Pioneer River in flood at Dumbleton this morning:

Mackay's Pioneer River in flood at Dumbleton this morning!

Posted by Mackay Weather Chasers on Sunday, 6 March 2016


On Higgins Storm Chasers Facebook page, Steven Strathdee shared this information and video: Great rain has fallen here in gladstone central queensland all weekend and still raining here at wrk monday morning with 180mil in the rain gauge

Great rain has fallen here in gladstone central queensland all weekend and still raining here at wrk monday morning with 180mil in the rain gauge 󾌵󾮗

Posted by Steven Strathdee on Sunday, 6 March 2016

Here are some photos taken by residents across Central Queensland, posted on The Bulletin Facebook page, CQ Floods Update and Higgins Storm Chasers.

Here is a video posted on Higgins Storm Chasers by Paul Nagle driving from Yeppoon to Rockhampton at 1.30pm yesterday:

Yeppoon to Rockhampton road 1:30 today

Posted by Paul Nagle on Saturday, 5 March 2016

And Heather Henderson posted this video on Higgins of what it looked like while driving along Emu Park Rd about the same time yesterday:

Emu Park Road CQ.

Posted by Heather Henderson on Saturday, 5 March 2016

EARLIER: THE streets of Mackay were flooded with water throughout the weekend as the city experienced flash flooding after receiving heavy rainfall on Friday night.

At 9am on Saturday morning Mackay had been hit with 100mm.

At 3pm yesterday, Mackay City Centre had received 43mm in six hours, as recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology.

A total of 292mm was recorded for the Mackay region about 3pm yesterday, 17mm above the month's average.

Some roads were closed in the Mackay region.

Rockhampton and Yeppoon also received heavy rain yesterday, with Rockhampton copping 63mm between 10pm Saturday night and 5.30pm yesterday.

Yeppoon received more than 67mm between 8pm Saturday night and 5.30pm yesterday.

Parts of Yeppoon/ Rockhampton Rd were flooded yesterday, mainly around the Mt Jim Crow area but the road remained open.

The bureau predicted showers in Rockhampton today and a possible thunderstorm.


Rockhampton: Expecting up to 20mm of rain today in the morning and afternoon. Max temperature of 27 degrees.

Yeppoon: Expecting up to 40mm of rain throughout the day. Max temperature of 26 degrees.

Topics:  bureau of meteorology gladstone mackay rain rockhampton weather

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