Cars driving over Three Mile Creek bridge at Springsure, which had heavy rain and strong winds uproot trees and cause the creek to overflow and rise above the bridge.
Cars driving over Three Mile Creek bridge at Springsure, which had heavy rain and strong winds uproot trees and cause the creek to overflow and rise above the bridge. Contributed

Floods return to CQ

EXACTLY one year after the worst flooding in Rockhampton for two decades, parts of Central Queensland have been inundated by water again from torrential rainfall.

Water was yesterday running over the spillway at Fairbairn Dam and strong winds lashed the Central Highlands.

About 208mm fell near Emerald on Saturday.

Weatherzone said Springsure received 172mm in 24 hours, its heaviest rain in 36 years and heaviest January rain in 125 years of records.

A Central Highlands Regional Council spokeswoman said Emerald had reached minor flood levels and they anticipated it would remain at that point yesterday.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Andrea Peace said rainfall throughout the region was a result of a thunderstorm from a low pressure system moving towards New South Wales.

Retreat Creek at Sapphire reached major flood levels at Sapphire Bridge, where the SES began evacuating people and sandbagging.

Improved roads helped save Fiona Moore's Blue Gem Caravan Park from another flood after Sapphire was lashed by rainfall.

Ms Moore said several vans were evacuated as a precautionary measure, but the evacuees were back in their vans yesterday.

She said they built the caravan park road up after they were inundated by water in the 2010/2011 flood.

"We were very prepared this time, we were watching the river gauges," she said.

"We built our road up in the caravan park and that certainly helped us a lot."

Localised heavy rain in Springsure caused flooding in Springsure Creek.

Bureau of Meteorology hydrologist Jimmy Stewart said he doubted the rainfall would affect flood levels in the Fitzroy River.

"People will probably notice it in seven to 10 days time," Mr Stewart said.

Ms Peace said the Rockhampton region could expect some showers and thunderstorms today.

 

WHERE IT FELL:

Saturday and Sunday

Rodda's Creek, near Emerald: 208mm

Springsure: 172mm

Rockhampton: 38.2mm



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