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River peaks at 13m at Theodore

THE Banana Shire Local Disaster Management Group Local Disaster Coordination Centre remained in operation over the weekend after the Dawson River peaked at 13 metres at Theodore on Friday night.

On Saturday afternoon the river height was 12.83 metres and falling.

Reports of heavy rainfall upstream of Taroom may impact on river levels in the coming days and there is further rainfall predicted for the upstream areas.

The Leichhardt Highway north of Theodore is open to all traffic except heavy vehicles requiring permits.

Reduced speed limits were implemented over the weekend and traffic lights were in place allowing one-way traffic only.

The water level over the highway was about 100mm on Saturday.

The Leichhardt Highway north of Taroom was opened to all vehicles over the weekend except heavy vehicles requiring permits.

The Leichhardt Highway to the south of Taroom is closed to all traffic south of Juandah Creek.

The Theodore Eidsvold Road is closed to through traffic due to flooding near Boam Creek.

At Moura, the Dawson River level on Saturday was 12.05m and rising slowly.

This level is not expected to cause a disruption to the community and the Dawson Highway to the west of Moura at the Dawson River Bridge remains open.

At Baralaba, the Dawson River level on Saturday was 11.60 metres and rising slowly.

Major flood levels will continue in the Baralaba area through this weekend with a peak of about 12.2 metres expected early next week.

In the Central Highlands the Fitzroy Development Road north of Dingo is closed 8km north of Dingo at Duckworth Creek at 600mm and rising.

Roadtek and Police were attending to the closure.

The Duaringa to Bauhinia (Fitzroy Development Road) was also closed yesterday at Pearl Creek, with 200mm of water over the bridge and rising fast. The Blackwater Rolleston Road was also closed.

The Capricorn Highway from Dingo to Bluff was yesterday opened with caution to all vehicles.

Due to water over the road at Charlevue Creek speed is reduced to 40km/hr and traffic control is in place.

For the latest road condition information visit www.131940.qld. gov.au.



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