Flash flooding closes roads
2pm: THE Rockhampton Regional Council has released a list of road closures across the region after flash flooding.
- Stanage Bay Roadis cut in a number of places.
- Bruce Highwayis blocked 1km South of Marlborough turnoff. Still raining.
- Coorumburra Road, closed at Marlborough Creek and further along at Develin Creek. Signed today.
- Duaringa – Apis Creek closed at Bedford Weir. Signs out.
- Mt Morgan - Piddocks Crossing between Brynes Parade & River Street.
- Mt Morgan - Struck Oil Road.
WATER OVER ROAD
- Farnborough Road. Water over road between Browns Lane and Fishing creek road. Signs out today. Open with care.
- Mt Morgan - Racecourse Road, Show Grounds Road, Boulder Creek Road.
- Byfield Roadat Mary Vale has approximately 250mm over the road and is likely to be impassable in 1-2 hours.
- Water is just starting to cover over the bridge at Stoney Creek on Byfield Road and it is likely to be closed in 1-2 hours.
Police would like to advise motorists that the Capricorn Highway between Alpha and Anakie has been closed to all vehicles.
The road has been closed due to damage from recent heavy rainfall. Repairs are underway however the road is not expected to re-open for at least 24 hours.
Please call the Government’s Traffic and Travel Information service on 13 19 40 for updates.
In the 24 hours up until 9am this morning Emerald copped 120mm of rain while Springsure had a 158mm drenching.
Mackay received 119mm and 90mm fell at St Lawrence.
Other big falls across the region were 79mm at Rolleston and 24mm for Clermont.
Rockhampton had 34mm and Yeppoon 30mm.
Flooding closed the Bruce Highway north of Marlborough and the Capricorn Highway west of Dingo this morning.
SES crews are now monitoring traffic on The Bruce Highway north of Marlborough, slowly letting through trucks and Four Wheel Drives.
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People intending to travel from Rockhampton to Mackay or Emerald areas are advised to take extreme caution and not to attempt to drive through floodwaters.
Flooded roads, creeks and water courses should be avoided and road conditions can change rapidly as water can rise and fall quickly.
Non-essential travel in flood affected areas should be limited where possible.
Members of the public should monitor local radio stations for updates and contact the Traffic and Travel Information Line on 13 19 40, local council or the RACQ.
Meanwhile State Emergency Service volunteers in the Gemfields have had a busy night with significant rainfall causing flooding in the area.
A number of roads in the area were closed and SES crews assisted residents in the local caravan park who were evacuated to a local multi-purpose hall.
The full extent of the flooding and damage is not yet known but it is understood the area is isolated.
The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted more heavy rainfall today.
Swift water rescue crews also attended a number of jobs in Central Queensland overnight.
All were as a result of people driving on flooded roadways. No injuries were reported.
Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) is asking residents to avoid playing in or driving through any flooded waterways as they are particularly dangerous and often deeper and faster running than they appear.
They also carry debris such as fallen trees which can be very dangerous and cause significant injuries if they hit someone.
EMQ is also asking residents of towns in this area to listen to their local radio and to heed the advice of local authorities. Please do not go sightseeing to the area.
In life threatening emergencies residents are urged to call triple zero (000).
But should residents require assistance during heavy rain or a flood they should call the SES on 132 500.