Central Highlands battered by storms

THE Central Highlands was battered by a line of storms on Thursday, with a property in Bauhinia recording 152mm.

Falls in excess of 100mm were reported near Ensham Mine, Riley's Crossing and Comet.

In the Nogoa River catchment area, 63mm fell at Glen Rock, 50mm at Lochington, 55mm at Kulumur Range and 46mm at Echo Hills.

The Emerald radar recorded 49mm, with wind gusts up to 96kmh.

The Fairbairn Dam, which recorded 33mm of storm rain, was 53cm below the spillway at 8.20am.

Central HighlandsMayor Peter Maguire said the local disaster management group had adopted a new disaster management plan for the region, which goes before council on Monday to be formally recognised.

"A lot of preparations have been done but we're just hoping for a quiet Christmas and New Year," Cr Maguire said.

"The forecast isn't too bad for the coming week, but there has been storm rain and obviously some larger falls in some areas than others.

"There has also been large falls into the Nogoa and Comet river catchments.

"All this is going to do is make the roads wet again and people have got to drive to the conditions."

A fig tree which fell across Borilla St during the storm was removed by emergency services workers.  

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