This car should have headed the warnings that Taranganba Road in Yeppoon was closed to traffic due to flooding.
This car should have headed the warnings that Taranganba Road in Yeppoon was closed to traffic due to flooding. Trish Bowman

Blackwater Herald will not be published due to outages

THE Central Highlands have escaped the brunt of the severe weather from ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald that has flooded homes in central Queensland and forced evacuations from coastal and some rural communities.

The Blackwater Herald will not be published on Tuesday due to the widespread telecommunications outages across the Central Highlands, but APN will endeavor to have it printed as soon as possible.

A mother, 14-month-old child and another woman were winched to safety by RACQ CQ Rescue near Biloela on Sunday.

Service chief executive Kay Becker described the mission as an "amazing feat" after crews strapped the child into a black diving bag which had been sent down to the woman from the overhead helicopter.

"We have been doing the job 15 years and we have never had to do this before," Ms Becker told southern media.

A Gympie woman who clung to a tree for hours waiting for rescuers was saved by emergency services.

Two people were in the car with the woman which had been washed off the road into Widgee Creek.

The rescue was described as lucky by police, and commissioner Ian Stewart confirmed one death following the onslaught of torrential rain.

The body of An 81-year-old man was pulled from floodwaters at Burrum Heads, southeast of Bundaberg.

Eight people were rescued by helicopter after their car was swept off the Capricorn Hwy, west of Rockhampton.

The incident at Wycarbah occurred about 2pm on Friday, with a police spokesman confirming the mission.

Central Queensland was the worst hit by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald and waters continue to rise in the Fitzroy River.

About 10 houses have been inundated in Depot Hill with residents evacuated to locations around Rockhampton.

The Yeppoon Coast and Mt Morgan recorded a staggering 500mm in 24 hours, but the major flood threat will reportedly come later this week.

The lack of communication services has made it difficult to accurately gauge the rainfall and river height data and therefore the potential impacts on towns and cities downstream from the Fitzroy River system.

 

 


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