Critical Alert

ROAD CLOSURES: 43 roads flooded, 18 under threat across CQ

Emergency services rescued a man after his vehicle was washed into floodwaters this morning.
Emergency services rescued a man after his vehicle was washed into floodwaters this morning.

ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council has updated its warning for "a number of dangerous roads" across the region.

The updated list includes roads from across the region.

"More than half of flood-related deaths are a result of driving through floodwater," council's warning states.

"Even if it looks calm, no one can predict what floodwater will do or what's happened to the road underneath. 

"Any amount of swift flowing water can sweep away your car, no matter what you drive. 

"Don't risk it!"

The updated list is:

  • Alton Downs-Nine Mile Rd
  • Old Baree Rd
  • Sunray Avenue
  • Macquarie St
  • Bishop Rd
  • Farm St (Off Holingsworth St gully, near the river end)
  • Ridgelands Road
  • Struck Oil Rd

These roads are open but water is running over the road:

  • Creek St, Baree
  • Gum Tree Avenue, Bouldercombe
  • Inslay Avenue, Bouldercombe
  • Boundary Rd

EARLIER: HEAVY rain is continuing to drench the Capricornia district with road closures in place across the region. 

As at 9am, the following roads are affected by flooding: 

CLOSED

  • Duaringa Biloela Rd, Gainsford - closed at Don River.
  • Glenoria Rd, Gindie - road closed due to water over at Sandhurst Ck approx 20kms from Gregory Hway intersection.
  • Taragoola Rd, Calliope.
  • Kanes Ln, River Ranch.
  • The Narrows Rd, Targinnie.
  • O'Connor Rd, Benaraby.
  • Blackgate Rd, Wooderson.
  • Linkes Rd, Mount Murchison
  • Bajool Port Alma Rd, Bajool
  • Friswell Rd, Burua, 4680 -
  • Cockeye Rd, Calliope
  • Sawmill Rd, Calliope
  • Old Ten Chain Rd, Calliope
  • Grayson Rd, Burua
  • Friswell Rd, Burua
  • Schilling Lane, River Ranch
  • Bruce Highway, Bajool / Midgee
  • Neils Road, Barmaryee
  • Calliope Station Rd, Mount Alma
  • Blackwater Rolleston Road, Rolleston / Stewarton
  • Raglan Station Rd
  • Darts Creek Rd, Ambrose
  • Artillery Road, Ironpot
  • Bamaryee Road, Barmaryee
  • Bungundarra Road, Bungundarra
  • Byfield Road, Byfield
  • Coorooman Creek Road, Coorooman
  • Cobraball Road, Cobraball
  • Dairy Inn Road, Cawarral
  • Farnborough Road, Yeppoon
  • Jeffries Street, Yeppoon
  • Lake Mary Road, Lake Mary
  • Newby Road, Bondoola
  • Stanage Bay Road, Stanage Bay
  • Taranganba Road, Taroomball
  • Water Park Road, Byfield
  • Creek St, Baree
  • Old Baree Rd
  • Sunray Avenue
  • Macquarie St
  • Bishop Rd
  • Farm St (Off Holingsworth St gully, near the river end)
  • Haynes St (Cnr of York St)
Flooding on Tanby Rd, Yeppoon.
Flooding on Tanby Rd, Yeppoon.

WATER OVER ROAD - PROCEED WITH CAUTION

  • Adelaide Park Road, Adelaide Park
  • Charles Street, Yeppoon
  • Rockhampton Emu Park Road, Tanby
  • Greenlake Road, Rockyview
  • Limestone Creek Road, Inverness
  • Maryvale Road, Maryvale
  • Neils Road, Barmaryee
  • Old Byfield Road, Lake Mary
  • Racecourse Road, Barmaryee
  • Smith Street, Yeppoon
  • Stanley Avenue, Barmaryee
  • Whites Road, Bondoola
  • Alton Downs-Nine Mile RR
  • Gum Tree Avenue
  • Poison Creek Rd
  • Inslay Avenue
  • Struck Oil Rd
  • Boundary Rd

NOTE: We update this chart every hour. Today's totals started at 9am today.  This chart was last updated at 11.30am, Wednesday. 

Motorists are urged to drive to the conditions and if it's flooded, forget it. 

An update is expected at 9am. More to come. 

UPDATE: 4.30PM: 

WEATHER experts at the Bureau of Meteorology are tipping a deluge in Rockhampton and surrounding regions tomorrow.

BoM is tipping rain and storms for most of Queensland, but it singled out Rockhampton, Yeppoon, and Gladstone as being in the firing line for the heaviest falls.

BoM issued a warning late this afternoon, warning of widespread falls of 80-100m, with localised falls of 100-150mm.

"Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to continue for much of Queensland with the heaviest falls in the central coastal region from Rockhampton and Yeppoon," BoM's release states.

The release also warned of possible flash flooding.

"Localised flash flooding is a possibility … and the public is urged to stay tuned for warnings, exercise caution if caught in a heavy downpour and never walk, ride or drive through floodwaters."

RACQ has added another seven roads to its list of closed roads in the Fitzroy region, bringing the total number of roads underwater to 22.

  • Duaringa Biloela Rd, Gainsford - closed at Don River.
  • Glenoria Rd, Gindie - road closed due to water over at Sandhurst Ck approx 20kms from Gregory Hway intersection.
  • Taragoola Rd, Calliope.
  • Kanes Ln, River Ranch.
  • The Narrows Rd, Targinnie.
  • O'Connor Rd, Benaraby.
  • Blackgate Rd, Wooderson.
  • Linkes Rd, Mount Murchison
  • Bajool Port Alma Rd, Bajool
  • Friswell Rd, Burua, 4680 -
  • Cockeye Rd, Calliope
  • Sawmill Rd, Calliope
  • Old Ten Chain Rd, Calliope
  • Grayson Rd, Burua
  • Friswell Rd, Burua
  • Schilling Lane, River Ranch
  • Bruce Highway, Bajool / Midgee
  • Neils Road, Barmaryee
  • Calliope Station Rd, Mount Alma
  • Blackwater Rolleston Road, Rolleston / Stewarton

NOTE: Click on each pin of the below map to see where exactly the road is flooded

More to come
 

UPDATE: 2PM: 

DESPITE Rockhampton and surrounding regions copping a deluge today, weather experts at the Bureau of Meteorology are warning the worst is on its way.

Yeppoon has copped 49mm since 9am today and 140mm since 9am yesterday.  Rockhampton has copped nearly 80mm since 9am yesterday.

But BoM weather expert David Crock said the deluge was expected to intensify on Wednesday and Thursday.

"It looks like tomorrow and Thursday is the worst day," Mr Crock said.

He said Rockhampton had a 95% chance of rain with the chance of thunderstorms closing in on the city tomorrow.

"You've got a fair few showers around," he said.

He said a "very moist north-easterly flow" off the Coral sea was sweeping a trough into Central Queensland.

RACQ has added another seven roads to its list of closed roads in the Fitzroy region, bringing the total number of roads underwater to 18.

The closed roads are:

He said there was still "uncertainty" about Friday's forecasts, but BoM currently expects the weather to head north on Friday.

More to come

UPDATE 12PM:

ROCKHAMPTON roads are going under water as a deluge dumps down on the region.

RIGHT NOW | Flood warning: 140mm deluge hits region, sandbagging begins

Rockhampton Regional Council has issued an alert advising that the intersection of Alton Downs and Nine Mile Rd are closed.

AS IT HAPPENS | Follow our latest weather stories 

In the wider Fitzroy region, RACQ has also added another two roads to its list of closed roads, bringing the total numbers of closed roads to 11.

The closed roads are:

More to come 

UPDATE 10.15AM: THERE are currently eight roads closed in the Fitzroy region according to RACQ as rain continues to fall.

The closed roads are:

  • Duaringa Biloela Rd, Gainsford - closed at Don River.
  • Glenoria Rd, Gindie - road closed due to water over at Sandhurst Ck approx 20kms from Gregory Hway intersection.
  • Taragoola Rd, Calliope.
  • Kanes Ln, River Ranch.
  • The Narrows Rd, Targinnie.
  • O'Connor Rd, Benaraby.
  • Blackgate Rd, Wooderson.
It's time to break out the umbrellas as the BOM predicts 100mm of rain for the Rockhampton region.
It's time to break out the umbrellas as the BOM predicts 100mm of rain for the Rockhampton region. Chris Ison

Motorists are reminded to drive to the conditions and remember if it's flooded, forget it.

More to come shortly 

3-day rain forecast from 21/3/17
3-day rain forecast from 21/3/17 Bureau of Meteorology

INITIAL: OVER 85mm has fallen in Yeppoon overnight, with heavier falls predicted to hit the region today and tomorrow.

Rockhampton also experiences showers throughout the night, with the Bureau of Meteorology recording 55.4mm since 9am Monday.

WIDESPREAD RAIN: Red and orange dots up the Capricornia coast show the widespread rain received over the last 24 hours to 9am.
WIDESPREAD RAIN: Red and orange dots up the Capricornia coast show the widespread rain received over the last 24 hours to 9am. Bureau of Meteorology

Byfield saw 90mm overnight, while there was 58mm recorded at The Gap.

According to forecasters, this is only set to intensify today and tomorrow with an upper low over inland Queensland and a trough extending through Capricorn Coast producing widespread rain.

Capricornia should see widespread showers and rainfall continue, with possible thunderstorms.

Computer modelling predicts up to 100mm could fall in the region over the next three days.

 

14mm of rain was recorded at "Rockview", Bluff on Monday.
14mm of rain was recorded at "Rockview", Bluff on Monday. Cathy Draper Hoare?

Central Queenslanders have taken to the Who Got the Rain? Facebook group to report rainfall in their neck of the woods.

An Upper Ulam resident recorded 92mm since Monday, while a Caves local recorded 75mm.

The biggest falls were towards the coast, with 50mm recorded by a Coowonga resident in the past 24 hours, taking their local total to 106mm in 48 hours.

Although there has been less rain recorded, inland areas have also received showers.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded 18.8mm at Emerald since 9am Monday, while 5.6mm was seen at Biloela.

However, areas west of Clermont saw good rain, with 60mm reported on Who Got the Rain? at a property 140km west of the town.

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