Boundary Rd, Pankhurst. Photo Contributed
Boundary Rd, Pankhurst. Photo Contributed Contributed ROK270213flood1

Chaos ‘rains’ down again and cuts off parts of Rockhampton

ROADS were cut, flash flooding inundated homes and people across the Rockhampton region were isolated after an upper low dumped more than 100mm on parts of the region on Monday and Tuesday.

Once again, the heavens have opened up and brought chaos to Central Queensland.

But Rockhampton forecaster Mike Griffin said this was a different system to ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald.

"The rainfall took a lot longer to fall, therefore flooding has been slower, not rapid," he said.

The heavy falls still took some people by surprise.

SES crews rescued five people from Byfield yesterday morning after rising water at Water Park Creek cut them off from the main road.

Rockhampton Region SES local controller Eddie Cowie said three adults and two children were camping at the creek.

Crews were called out at 10am after a six-month-old baby developed a temperature.

The baby was transported to Yeppoon Hospital as a precautionary measure.

He said while there hadn't been many other rescues, SES workers had been busy clearing trees and placing tarps on damaged roofs.

He said there had been about 40 jobs since Sunday.

But residents across the region can take a breather today.

Mr Griffin said the upper low had dissipated, leaving only light, clearing showers.

He said cloud should clear substantially today, but this would help develop storms on Friday afternoon/evening.

"Isolated falls could be heavy in southern CQ," he said.

See how the Biloela area fared on page 10.



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