Rockhampton to flood next week
BREAKING 10am: A flood level of at least 7 metres is predicted for Rockhampton next week as heavy rain is dumped across Central Queensland.
Further rainfall is forecast for the catchment and further rises are possible.
Extreme falls have been recorded in 24 hours (to 9am) in the Fitzroy River catchment with Prospect Creek copping 178mm, Upper Bee Creek 236mm and St Lawrence 184m.
The Bureau of Meteorology says moderate flood levels are expected to continue rising along the Isaac River at Yatton today while in Rockhampton, river levels are forecast to reach at least 7 metres (minor flood) next week.
At 4am a tropical low was situated approximately 90 kilometres northeast of Winton and moving in a southeasterly direction at 17 kilometres per hour.
The low is expected to continue moving in a southeasterly direction today.
Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and worsen the existing flood situation is expected in the Central West, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central Coast and Whitsundays, Capricornia, far southern parts of the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, northeastern parts of the Channel Country, and northern parts of the Maranoa and Warrego districts. Scattered 24 hour totals in excess of 150mm are likely.
Locations that may be affected include Mackay, Longreach, Winton, Moranbah, Emerald, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Charleville.
Steady rain is falling in Rockhampton now.
There has already been one car accident.
CONNORS AND ISAAC RIVERS:
Renewed rises are occurring throughout the Connors catchment following overnight rainfall. Major flood levels are occurring or are expected along Denison and Funnel Creeks. At Pink Lagoon, moderate flood levels will continue rising today with major flood levels possible by Friday.
Moderate flood levels will continue rising along the Isaac River at Yatton with levels rising above 15.5 metres overnight. Major flood levels are possible during the weekend.
Moderate flood levels are expected at Tartrus by Friday. Minor flood levels are expected at Riverslea next week.
River levels at Yaamba are expected to reach above 12 metres next week.
At Rockhampton, levels are expected to reach at least 7 metres next week. Further rainfall is forecast for the catchment and further rises are possible.
Forecasts will be revised once peaks are observed upstream.
Predicted River Heights/Flows:
Yaamba : Minor flood levels of at least 12 metres next week with further rises possible.
Rockhampton: Reach at least 7 metres next week.
For the latest weather forecasts see: www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts.
The next warning will be issued by 5pm Wednesday.
Latest River Heights:
|Location||Height of River||Date/Time of Observation|
|Dawson R at Utopia Downs *||1.63m steady||05:00 AM WED 21/03/12|
|Juandah Ck at Windamere *||0.44m steady||07:00 AM WED 21/03/12|
|Dawson R at Taroom *||0.96m steady||07:00 AM WED 21/03/12|
|Mimosa Ck at Redcliff *||1.12m rising||06:20 AM WED 21/03/12|
|Dawson R at Beckers *||1.78m steady||07:00 AM WED 21/03/12|
|Comet R at The Lake *||3.46m falling||08:00 AM WED 21/03/12|
|Comet R at Comet Weir *||1.88m steady||08:00 AM WED 21/03/12|
|Nogoa R at Raymond #||1.75m steady||08:01 AM WED 21/03/12|
|Nogoa R at Craigmore #||5.7m rising||08:26 AM WED 21/03/12|
|Nogoa R at Fairbairn Dam HW *||0.37m steady||07:15 AM WED 21/03/12|
|Nogoa R at Emerald #||4.81m rising||08:16 AM WED 21/03/12|
|Policeman's Ck at Rubyvale #||1m rising||08:18 AM WED 21/03/12|
|Theresa Ck at Gregory Highway #||7.62m rising||08:12 AM WED 21/03/12|
|Mackenzie R at Bedford Weir TW #||4.66m steady||08:39 AM WED 21/03/12|
|Connors R at Pink Lagoon *||13.2m rising||07:00 AM WED 21/03/12|
|Isaac R at Yatton *||12.92m rising||06:00 AM WED 21/03/12|
|Mackenzie R at Tartrus *||7.87m rising||06:35 AM WED 21/03/12|
|Fitzroy R at Riverslea *||5.81m rising||08:00 AM WED 21/03/12|