Boaties asked to sit tight thanks to unstable debris

BOATIES eager to test rising waters have been encouraged to lay low and remain on shore this weekend.

Having the Mackay area pick up more than 50mls of rainfall since 6am today, Volunteer Marine Rescue deputy skipper Charles Linsley suggested unstable debris may be present.

The VMR crew will be on "stand by" until the end of next week, Mr Linsley said.

"There is constant 25 knot winds, so we don't expect to any locals to be out," he said.

"We have not had any call outs yet, but it doesn't mean that other vessels will not pass us heading up or down the coast.

"There is potential for localised flooding and debris from broken trees and shrub.

"We suggest boaties to be extra vigilant on the water, even when the weather clears."

However skies won't start to clear until mid-week at least, according to forecaster Adam Blazak.

Mackay has already received 260mls of rainfall, with an average total of 275mls for the month.

Mr Blazak said we can expect similar rainfall, as to what we saw last night, tonight and tomorrow night.

"Mackay has had about 145mls since 9am yesterday and the area really filled up this morning," he said. "You had about 50mls in a matter of two and a half hours.

"We're expecting about 100 to 150mls from now until Monday, so river levels will rise and there may be minor flash flooding."

That goes for areas surrounding Mackay as well.

Walkerston has received a rainfall total of 138mls within the past 24 hours, as well as 104mls for Mirani and Finch Hatton, 111mls for Jochheim, 135mls for Clark Range and 138mls for Marian Weir.


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