Kids revel in rainy weather
NOT even rain could stop Amanda Smith from taking her children camping this week.
Camping at Yeppoon’s Beachside Caravan Park was an annual tradition for the Smith family who wouldn’t give it up for anything.
The family travelled from Rockhampton last Sunday and since then the Capricorn Coast has received 73.8mm of rain.
With friends staying nearby, and all campers warm and dry under heavy canvas tents, Amanda said they were spending most days on the beach or in the water anyway.
And her kids think the rain certainly has its benefits.
“We like to play in the rain,” said seven-year-old Kaitlyn.
“It is fun and it makes more mud,” added 11-year-old Bradley.
This week Rockhampton has received 58mm of rain.
The wettest January on record was in 1974 when 660.2mm of rain fell on the city and the driest was 1.6mm in 2003.
While we’re enjoying the steady rainfall, the Queensland Government yesterday activated disaster relief funding for flooded parts of the central west.
Natural disaster relief and recovery arrangements are being made for the Barcaldine, Blackall, Longreach, Richmond and Winton areas.
Heavy rain has been falling across the region for more than two weeks.
Longreach and surrounds have had more than 260 millimetres of rain since Christmas Day.
Local river systems are flooded, cutting roads and rail networks.
Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts yesterday said the damage bill was yet to be determined.
Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said a 3.5 metre width restriction applied to the Landsborough Highway, Capricorn Highway and all other state-controlled roads in the central west region.
The restrictions and several road closures have reduced access to Barcaldine, Blackall/Tambo, Longreach and Winton.
“Floodwaters can be fast-flowing and unpredictable and I strongly caution road users to avoid crossing inundated roads, causeways, bridges and pedestrian accesses at all times and to put safety first,” Mr Wallace said.
Forecasts for across the state this weekend include isolated showers and possible inland thunderstorms.
Showers are expected to ease tomorrow with only isolated showers north-east of Clermont.Where it fell
Rainfall across the Region from 9am Thursday to 5pm Friday:
Blackall - 11.5mm
Clermont - 39.4mm
Emerald - 13.6mm
Gladstone - 25.8mm
Longreach - 19.2mm
Mackay - 32.6mm
Moranbah - 4.8mm
Rockhampton - 27.2mm
Rolleston - 22.8mm
Samuel Hill - 32.2mm
St Lawrence - 30mm
Yeppoon - 41mmm