WARNING: Highway closed due to flooding
UPDATE 10.50AM: Blackwater Police have announced the Capricorn Highway is open at Bluff Creek.
However, at 10.30am they posted on the myPolice Blackwater Facebook page saying Blackwater Creek, which is east of Blackwater, was closed due to flooding.
“The flood water at Blackwater Creek is still rising,” they said.
“Remember, if it’s flooded forget it.”
INITIAL: A MAJOR Central Queensland Highway has been closed after heavy rainfall across the region.
More than 100mm of rain was recorded at Duaringa and 90mm at Bluff, which has caused Bluff Creek and Blackwater Creek to rise.
Blackwater Police have closed the Capricorn Hwy between Blackwater and Bluff due to water over the road at Blackwater Creek.
Bluff Creek is also closed due to silt on the road, and is expected to reopen about noon after council clear the debris.
About 9.30am Blackwater Police said Blackwater Rolleston Road was also closed due to water over the road and Blackwater Cooroorah Road was closed due to flooding over the Bedford Weir crossing.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said weather systems, including severe storms, were dumping heavy falls, leading to flash flooding.
“We all have a responsibility to make good decisions on the road to keep other drivers and ourselves safe,” Mr Ryan said.
“But that is especially the case during extreme weather events.
“We are seeing significant amounts of rainfall in short periods of time which is having a big impact on many roads.
“Of course, if it’s flooded forget it.”