Heavy rain and incoming high tide left water nowhere to go
CAPRICORN Coast residents have been left to mop up the mess after torrential rain closed roads, flooded homes and businesses and caused landslides this week.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, more than 500mm battered the region in the 48 hours to 9am yesterday.
Rockhampton received 170.4mm in the same time period.
Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig yesterday said heavy rainfall at the coast and an incoming high tide left the water with nowhere to go.
Locals captured some amazing photos, showing knee-high water in the main street of Yeppoon.
Cr Ludwig said SES workers, police and council crews had been out in force directing motorists and assisting residents and business owners.
Meanwhile the Scenic Highway near Statue Bay remains closed after tonnes of dirt and rock collapsed off the sheer cliff face and blocked the road on Wednesday.
Up above, million dollar homes were lucky to avoid any significant damage.
Cr Ludwig said the cliff face had been eroding over a long period of time and council would speak to property owners and other stakeholders to discuss the best way forward to find a long-term solution.
He said the Local Disaster Management Group had been activated on Wednesday and would remain so over the next 24 hours to monitor the situation.
"The focus for council and SES crews over coming days will be on cleaning up, clearing debris from drains and roadways, assessment of damage, and providing assistance where requested to the community who have been impacted," he said.