Camping out at Yeppoon despite the rain yesterday are Kaitlyn Smith, 7, Bradley Smith, 11, Amanda Smith, Jordan Smith, 13, Mark Hiron, Jack Olman, 11 and Thomas Olman, 7.
Camping out at Yeppoon despite the rain yesterday are Kaitlyn Smith, 7, Bradley Smith, 11, Amanda Smith, Jordan Smith, 13, Mark Hiron, Jack Olman, 11 and Thomas Olman, 7. Sharyn Oneill So

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:

Barcaldine -63.8mm

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



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