Floods are on the way
THE heavens are about to open.
Warnings were ringing out yesterday reminding CQ residents the chances of flooding in the region were high over the next week, with rain-laden thunderous clouds expected to gather and empty torrents.
The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted ex-Tropical Cyclone Olga will reform tonight and will most likely make landfall west of Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria tomorrow, as a category two cyclone.
This weather system will continue to move in a south-easterly direction and bring with it up to 200mm of rain in the Townsville region in the next 24 hours, which is expected to then hit Mackay and Rockhampton.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Mike Marrinan said during the coming days all of CQ could expect moderate to heavy rain.
“Over the period of the event there is likely to be falls of the 100 to 200mm range,” he said yesterday afternoon.
“It will be similar to the sort of falls seen in Townsville.”
Emergency Management Queensland, along with Rockhampton Regional Council, were warning the rainfall had the potential to cause flooding.
It was anticipated rain would start to fall last night or today, with heavier rain to come on Sunday and start tapering off on Monday.
In what could be a boon for some rain-deprived parts of our region, Mr Marrinan said rain would be widespread across Central Queensland, with falls throughout the Central Highlands and right out to Longreach.
He said localised flooding could be followed by rising Fitzroy River levels, as rain which has fallen in catchments makes its way through the mighty Fitzroy system.
Council was pointing residents in the direction of the SES on 132 500 should they have requests for storm damage assistance such as for sandbags or tarps.
They said significant rainfall of this nature across CQ would lead to rises in the Fitzroy River in the coming weeks which would be monitored closely by the council.
Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) also urged residents to be prepared for the possibility of localised flooding.
EMQ acting deputy chief officer Wayne Coutts reminded residents to check their emergency kits and to consider any last-minute preparations they could conduct around their homes.
He said it was also a timely reminder for residents to take road closures seriously.
“Every year emergency services receive calls for assistance to people who have ignored traffic signs and road closures and have become stranded,” Mr Coutts said.
“This is extremely dangerous behaviour and only last year two lives were tragically lost when a vehicle was driven into floodwaters and washed away near Tully.
“Please obey all traffic signs and road closures and do not attempt to cross flooded roads, even if this means having to stay at home.”