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Roma told to evacuate

A VEHICLE is swallowed by a rising Blyth Creek, 20km east of Roma. Bungil Creek is expected to reach a peak of 8.1 metres this afternoon.
A VEHICLE is swallowed by a rising Blyth Creek, 20km east of Roma. Bungil Creek is expected to reach a peak of 8.1 metres this afternoon. Sean Hourigan, Western Star

UPDATE: ROMA RSL Hall has been set up as an evacuation centre as Roma residents evacuate their homes during rising floodwatesr.

Additional personnel from State Emergency Services, Red Cross and the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service are being flown in to help cope with demand.

The Bungil Creek in Roma peaked at 6.8 metres at 10am this morning, and a peak of 8.1 metres is expected to be reached between 5pm and 7pm today.

The creek reached a similar peak in March 2010, flooding over 200 homes.

Residents in low lying areas are being urged to be prepared, and move belongings to higher ground where possible or voluntarily evacuate their home. 

Approximately 280 homes are at risk of inundation.

Maranoa Mayor Robert Loughnan urged residents to remain calm but alert.

"Text messages have been sent to residents this morning via the State Disaster Management Network, and Council staff are on the ground doorknocking at risk homes and assisting where needed," Cr Loughnan said.

"Some localised flooding of streets has already been reported, and motorists are advised to exercise extra caution on roads.

"With school holidays underway, it’s also important for parents to keep children safely away from local creeks and storm water drains."

Residents are encouraged to call the Maranoa Regional Council customer service team on 1300 007 662 to report any localised flooding or to obtain up to date information about weather events.

Residents requiring flood-related emergency assistance should contact the SES on 132 500.

If you are taking any flood photos in Roma today, please send them to news@thechronicle.com.au.


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