Record rain for Rockhampton but worst is over, says mayor
MORE than 500mm of rain has been dumped in some part of Rockhampton, breaking flooding records but the mayor and senior forecasters say the worst is over.
Communication problems have plagued the council with its phone lines, external email and website affected.
Telstra is working on the problem.
Water supplies have been cut to some northside residents after a water main burst.
The pipe is believed to have ended up in a stream or creek.
Mayor Margaret Strelow, in a video update posted on the council's Facebook page today, said the worst of the weather appeared to be over.
"It's been quite a dramatic evening,'' she said of the drama.
There have been more than 20 swiftwater rescues, including a dramatic one involving a youth at Frenchville.
Areas including Mt Morgan have had more than 500mm of rain.
"This has been a significant event which has caused so much trouble,'' the mayor told reporters.
She said State Emergency Services volunteers had been going flatout for 48 hours and urged residents to be patient.
The council would work through the weekend to clear roads and restore services.
Weather system moving south of Rockhampton
The weather system is now moving south and is expected to impact on the Fraser Coast to Brisbane area.
The worst is over for Central Queensland says Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Bryan Rolstone.
"The bulk of the rain is on the southern end of the ex-cyclone," he says.
"As that continues sinking south rain will continue to decrease."
Mr Rolstone says rainfall has now peaked in Rockhampton.
'The big rain is gone," he says.
Residents can expect showers for the remainder of the weekend."
The Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and other south-east areas of Queensland are now preparing for gale-force winds and heavy rain.
9.30AM: About 470mm has fallen on Rockhampton in the past 38 hours.
5.11AM: Heavy rain and damaging wind continue to cause havoc across Central Queensland after another overnight drenching pushed the rainfall total for 33 hours to 380mm at Rockhampton.
At around 1am Friday, severe flash flooding was reported in the Yeppoon area where rainfall of 271mm has been recorded since 9am Thursday.
A rush of water last night has flooded a low lying house near Frenchman's Creek in one North Rockhampton st.
A wind gust of 75km/h was recorded at Yeppoon about 5am while the strongest winds at Rockhampton have been 46km/h.
There are reports that 80 head of cattle need to be moved from a flooded paddock at Gracemere.
There are power lines down in a number of locations around Rockhampton and reports of large tree limbs falling and damaging property.
River rises are expected downstream along the Fitzroy River during next week, with minor flooding possible.
There are numeous roads closed so if it''s flooded forget it.
A severe weather warning is current for people in the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of the Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfields and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.
Issued at 5:11 am: Damaging winds with gusts to 90 km/hr are possible over the Central Coast, Capricornia and Wide Bay and Burnett districts. Areas that may be affected include islands and coastal locations between the Whitsundays and Sandy Cape.
Heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is likely over the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, eastern parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, and northern parts of the Southeast Coast district, possibly reaching areas north of Brisbane late in the day. Areas between St Lawrence and Brisbane, and inland to about Emerald may be affected. Six hour rainfall accumulations of 100 to 200mm are possible.
At 4am, Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald was located over land, approximately 120 km west of Mackay and moving south-southeast at about 12 kilometres per hour. The monsoon trough extended from the southern Gulf of Carpentaria to Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald and then to the east coast near Fraser Island
Flood Warnings are current for various rivers and streams in these districts, see www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings.
Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
The next warning is due to be issued by 11:15 am.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Emergency Management Queensland would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.