WEATHER EVENT UPDATE

The Bundaberg Local Disaster Management Group is closely monitoring a rain event over the next few days, which is associated with the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Currently, a Flood Watch is in place for Queensland between Ayr and the New South Wales border. This Flood Watch includes rivers in the Bundaberg Local Government Area, such as the Burnett, Kolan, Baffle, Cherwell-Burrum.

A Flood Watch is a product issued by the Bureau of Meteorology to provide a “heads up” that rainfall in coming days could cause rises in the level of streams, creeks and rivers.  A Flood Watch is not the same as a Flood Warning.  The Flood Watch will be updated around midday today.

Overnight (Tuesday night into Wednesday morning), heavy rain fell over the lower Burnett River catchment (downstream of Paradise Dam).  Bargara received 83mm, Bundaberg city received 78mm (44mm at airport).  Falls of between 30mm and 70mm generally fell across this part of the catchment.

The heaviest rainfall since 9am yesterday occurred over the very top of the Burnett River catchment, north of Monto.  Here, Boolaroo Tops received 131mm, Upper Monal received 67mm.

As of 7am this morning, the majority of the upper Burnett River catchment received less than 30mm. Gayndah received 3mm, Eidsvold received 2mm, Biggenden received 21mmm, Mundubbera received 4mm.

Today, the Baffle Creek could see river level rises above the Minor Flood Level.  Roads will likely be impacted.  In particular, the Essendean Bridge on Tablelands Road may be cut later this week.  Following any given downpour there could be water over roads.  Rainfall over the Kolan catchment will similarly cause local roads to be cut at times.  Motorists should check road conditions (qldtraffic.qld.gov.au) and should drive to conditions.  Never drive through floodwaters.

Today will likely see further rainfall, sometimes heavy.  Tomorrow (Thursday) looks likely to have heavy rain periods also.

The Bundaberg Local Disaster Management Group is receiving regular updates from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) and State Disaster Coordinator Centre.  It is difficult for the BoM to be certain just yet how much rain will fall and/or where it will fall at this point in time due to the complexity of the weather system involved.  Therefore, Bundaberg Local Disaster Management Group will maintain a watch over the next few days, at least until the rain event has passed.  Further advice will be provided throughout coming days.

Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the subsequent rainfall is a good trigger for people across the Bundaberg Region to ensure their emergency kit is up to date, with enough food, water, medicine, fuel, batteries and other necessities folks may have, for at least three days…or longer for people that live further out of town.

Stay tuned to warnings and monitor latest observations and forecasts at www.bom.gov.au/qld

ENDS

 

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