Graham Stevenson isn’t bothered by his flooded back yard, which was under water yesterday morning. Looking over the back veranda of his Gladstone Road home, Graham said he wasn’t fazed by the wet after experiencing floods in 2008.
Graham Stevenson isn’t bothered by his flooded back yard, which was under water yesterday morning. Looking over the back veranda of his Gladstone Road home, Graham said he wasn’t fazed by the wet after experiencing floods in 2008. AMY FORMOSA AF

Rain turns yard into pool

GRAHAM Stevenson had more than one pool in his yard yesterday with more than 160mm of rain dumped on Rockhampton since Christmas Day.

The heavy falls in the past six days add up to more than a quarter of the rainfall Rockhampton has seen in 2009.

From 9am Tuesday to 3pm yesterday, the Bureau of Meteorology had reports of 66mm in Rockhampton while 95mm of rain poured down on Yeppoon.

Graham and his wife, Ruth, who have live in a home which backs onto the flood plain on Gladstone Road, said although their back-yard resembled a pond yesterday, it didn’t compare to the floods they experienced in 2008.

“Under the house was washed out and we lost three cars that went under,” Graham said as he looked out into his flooded backyard yesterday.

Graham said they weren’t worried about the excess water covering their backyard.

“You’ve got to live somewhere, we can’t do much about it,” he said.

In the distance you could barely see parts of Kettle Park looking out from the Stevenson’s back veranda and the grandstand was half under water.

Their above-ground pool was overflowing with water and their outdoor barbecue was well underwater.

Rockhampton Weather forecaster Mike Marrinan said the heavy rain we have experienced was expected to weaken to isolated showers across the region for the rest of the week.

WHERE IT FELL

Rainfall reported to the Bureau of Meteorology from 9am Tuesday to 3pm yesterday:

  • Rockhampton: …66
  • Yeppoon: …95

Rainfall reported in the 24 hours up until 9am yesterday:

  • Stanwell: …33
  • South Yaamba: …20
  • Westwood: …14
  • St Lawrence: …84
Keep up-to-date with the latest weather information for the region.


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