Historic flood markers on the Fitzroy River flood guage at the end of Derby Street contradict the flood levels on the new monument. For example the official record for the 1918 flood is 10.11m while it is recoreded as only 9.73 on the monument. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Historic flood markers on the Fitzroy River flood guage at the end of Derby Street contradict the flood levels on the new monument. For example the official record for the 1918 flood is 10.11m while it is recoreded as only 9.73 on the monument. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Find out which CQ town was hit with 418mm in less than 24hrs

UPDATE 2PM: With recent wet weather, Isaac Regional Council is advising residents and motorists of the following closed roads or changed road conditions:

  • Marlborough Sarina Road is closed to all traffic from the Oxford Downs
  • Sarina Road intersection through to Prospect Creek.
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  • Marlborough Sarina Road is closed to all traffic at Funnel Creek crossing.
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  • Oxford Downs Sarina Road, Nebo is closed to all traffic at Denison Creek.
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  • Bowen Street, Nebo is closed to all traffic.
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  • Nebo Airstrip Road, Nebo has recently reopened.


Road crews are monitoring current conditions and updates will be provided as information becomes available.

Obey road closure signs; drive with extreme caution and to road conditions.
 

UPDATE 11.15AM: More reports have flooded in of areas around Sarina receiving more than their fair share of rain.

One cattle producer reported their property, which is 10km west of Sarina, received a crazy 480mm. 

Another local who lives Sarina recorded 418mm since 2pm yesterday.

The next flood warning will be issued by 04:30 pm.

Graph showing the quick rise in the Funnel Creek since heavy rainfall hit the region
Graph showing the quick rise in the Funnel Creek since heavy rainfall hit the region

UPDATE 10.10AM: A minor flood warning has been issued for the Connors and Isaac Rivers at 9.42am this morning.

River level rises are occurring in the upper tributaries of the Connors and Isaac Rivers.

Minor flood levels are rising in Funnel Creek.

Rises above the minor flood level are expected downstream to Pink Lagoon during Thursday with further rises and moderate flood levels possible.

The Isaac River at Yatton is currently at 1.35 metres and steady.

River levels are expected to exceed the minor flood level (7.50 m) later in the week with further rises possible.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 8:30AM : There is major flooding at Prospect Creek on the Marlborough/Sarina Road.

The creek has risen 12 metres since late yesterday, fuelled by more than 200mm of rain overnight.

The Connors River at Mt Bridget has risen 2.2 metres in the last five hours and should continue to rise.

The Isaacs River at Peck Downs rose a further 0.5 metres overnight and will continue to rise. 

TUESDAY:  It Was the region's wettest day since torrential rain last July forced the cancellation of the River Festival.

The forecast south-easterly surge hit Gladstone just after midnight and Rockhampton at 1.30am, dumping 35mm of rain inside an hour.

A small low has also developed off Creal Reef, east of Mackay, pushing rain onto the Capricorn Coast.

According to weather forecaster, Mike Griffin, if the low continues, more rain in the northern parts of Capricornia will put the Isaac and Connors Rivers in the firing line with possible flooding.

"The ridge over the region continues to keep the cloud cover, making conditions rather comfortable compared to the muggy last days of 2016," Mr Griffin said.

"Early morning light showers along the Cap Coast will drift inland for the next 2-3 days with temperature maximums of 29-30 degrees celcius.

"But once the ridge weakens, the heat will return to Central Queensland and temperatures will climb to around 34 degrees over the weekend.

"Afternoon storms north of Byfield on Friday could extend into the highlands."

Out to sea, there were wind gusts of more than 50km/hr, pushing waves up to 3m.

The highest rainfall to 9am was 213mm at St Lawrence and 137mm at Springsure with Van Dyke Creek jumping 2m in an hour and causing a flash flood.

The city's highest rainfall was 60mm at Briggs Street in North Rockhampton.

Blackwater and Emerald weren't so lucky with 5mm and 4mm respectively.



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