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Heavy rainfall has floodwaters rising
Residents are advised to remain alert but calm after a night of heavy rainfall resulted in further homes being inundated in Mitchell and major flood warnings in Roma.
The Maranoa River in Mitchell is currently at 9.59m and is anticipated by the Bureau of Meteorology to reach 9.8m later today.
Rainfall of 60mm in the last 24 hours in Roma and up to 150mm in the catchment has resulted in the Bungil Creek rising to 6.6m at 6am this morning. Predictions from the Bureau of Meteorology anticipate that water levels could peak up to 7.5m later this afternoon. Residents are to prepare for similar water levels as the flood event in April 2011, where Bungil Creek reached 7.6m.
Maranoa Mayor Robert Loughnan said the water level rise overnight has affected homes in Mitchell.
“Council and emergency services staff are currently investigating the damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure in Mitchell,” Cr Loughnan said.
“With water levels cutting off the road to get to the Primary Evacuation Centre at Council’s Mitchell Depot, the Secondary Evacuation Centre has been set up overnight at Mitchell’s State School at 105 Cambridge Street; this is where residents still needing to evacuate are required to go to. Currently we have 103 evacuees in the Primary Evacuation Centre and 168 in the Secondary Evacuation Centre.
“Unless it is absolutely necessary, please try and keep off the roads with heavy rain of up to 50mm predicted to continue falling throughout the day. If driving through flood water, please take care and ensure your speed is kept to a minimum to avoid damaging bow waves as these greatly affect those who have flooding in their homes or on their property.”
Roma residents can find sand bags at emergency points throughout the town.
The Balonne River at Surat is sitting at 9.783m and rising. Council and emergency services will continue to monitor water levels with further showers to fall over the next 24 hours.
All schools in both Mitchell and Roma are closed today.
Council and emergency services staff are actively coordinating necessary emergency arrangements for flood impacted locations across the region.
For more information, contact the following organisations:
000 - life threatening emergencies
SES - 132 500
Flood related emergencies
Maranoa Regional Council - 1300 007 662 or www.maranoa.qld.gov.au
Local road closures and sandbag assistance
Department Transport and Main Roads - www.131940.qld.gov.au
Road conditions (State controlled roads)
The next update will be issued at 12.00pm.
Issued at 9.10am Friday, 3 February 2012.
Media Enquiries: Jane Frith (07) 4624 0635