Rescue boats pick up Comet family

A FAMILY of nine was rescued from a flooded farmhouse in Central Queensland on the weekend as isolated towns braced for more rain this week.

Eight adults, one child and three dogs were evacuated in rescue boats from a property at Comet, about 40km east of Emerald, on Saturday afternoon.

While conditions had eased yesterday, some areas in The Gemfields were still inaccessible because highways remained under water and the town of Rolleston was isolated.

Central Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire said members of the Local Disaster Management Group met yesterday morning with the highest priority now ensuring essential provisions were available to affected communities.

Falls of between 100mm and 200mm were reported in the Central Highlands late last week.

Cr Maguire said the reopening of the rail line tomorrow morning would let vital supplies arrive.

He warned motorists to heed Road Closed signs.

Police late yesterday afternoon said the Capricorn Highway was still closed at Comet.

Levels at Fairbairn Dam spillway were expected to slowly rise to about 2m, peaking last night or early today.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Brett Maguire said further rainfall was forecast for later this week potentially causing more flooding.

The BOM has issued flood warnings for the Fitzroy River Basin.

The Nogoa River at Emerald is expected to peak below the minor flood level of 14 metres late today or tomorrow.

Have you been affected by the heavy rains? If so call 4930 4283.

Fairbairn facts

Yesterday about 70,000 megalitres went over the spillway at its peak at Fairbairn Dam – enough to fill more than 22,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools;

The dam was yesterday holding 1,576,000 megalitres;

It was at 124% capacity.



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