Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Heavy rain in central Queensland celebrated as 'a blessing' for drought-declared areas

Saturday December 13, 2014 - 15:55 EDT
ABC image
Floodwater in central west Queensland cut of road. - ABC

Heavy rain has brought nearly half a year's worth of rain to some parts of Central Queensland, with the Banana Shire mayor rejoicing at the grass greening for only the third time this year.

Storms across the interior have swollen rivers, cut roads, and prompted a flood watch for catchments from Rockhampton to Hervey Bay.

Thangool in the Banana Shire received about 300 millimetres in the last week.

Mayor Ron Carige said the deluge would be a tremendous asset for the region, which was drought declared in March.

"While there are a few issues with the roads, and some crops have gone under, in the long run it will be fantastic for the rural sector," he said.



"It is a blessing in the long term for everyone on the land.

"It looks beautiful, it's green already. It was desolate before that."

Some parts of the expansive shire had received about the same amount of rain in the last week than they had all year, but the south-west of the region was still dry.

North-west of the Banana Shire, Middlemount received 100 millimetres, one of the heaviest falls, in the 24 hours to 9am (AEST) Saturday.

Further south, storms overnight brought 97mm to Mitchell and 59mm to Injune.

Early on Saturday morning, a woman was rescued from her car after it became trapped in water at Kabra, west of Rockhampton.

Swift water rescue walked the woman to safety about 3:30am (AEST) after her car became stuck.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michelle Berry said severe storms could also develop on Saturday afternoon across central Queensland.

A moderate flood is predicted for the Dawson River and minor flood warnings have been issued for the Calliope, Boyne, Kolan, Baffle Creek and Burnett River.

A severe thunderstorm was also the Gulf region on Saturday afternoon, and was due to produce damaging winds in the warning area into Saturday night.


- ABC

© ABC 2014

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

State and Federal Governments in talks over drought relief for WA farmers

18:30 EST

The West Australian Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan will urge the Federal Government to consider drought assistance for WA farmers during a critically low rainfall season.

Wet to dry in 12 months: After record June rain last year, worried farmers look to skies for more

16:51 EST

A year ago, Australia experienced its second-wettest June on record, but 12 months on, farmers in parts of inland New South Wales are worried they will not have enough.

BOM weather forecast shows cold snap for south-east Queensland over weekend

16:09 EST

South-east Queensland's above-average winter temperatures are set to plummet as a cold snap hits the region on Friday, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.