Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Queensland weather: Townsville hit with by downpour and flash flooding

By Sally Rafferty, Wednesday February 28, 2018 - 19:24 EDT
ABC image
The Townsville region was hit with flash flooding, with some areas getting more than 200mm. - ABC

Townsville has been hit with flash flooding after more than 200 millimetres of rain was dumped on the region, with predictions a further 300mm could fall in the next 24 hours.

A severe weather warning was issued between Townsville and Georgetown, more than 500 kilometres west of the north Queensland city.



Residents in low-lying areas of North Queensland have been urged to sandbag their homes with flooding expected in parts of Townsville tonight.

Kurt Rehbein, the deputy of Townsville's disaster management group, urged residents in other areas to start preparing.

"There's a number of sandbag locations around town so council and the SES are working hard to provide that to residents, so if they want to and feel the need to prepare and they know they are going to be affected, we would urge them to go to those points," he said.

Some residents in Gumlow have already become stranded due to rising water, but Geoff Keir's helicopter business certainly came in handy when he stepped in to provide a food drop.

"Beer was up there with the number one requests but bread, milk and eggs were pretty popular too," Mr Keir said.

"We generally have a creek party when the river rises so everyone gets around to each house and has a few beers."



Local police helped Mr Keir land his chopper on the road, and in a light-hearted moment, even made him complete a breath test.

Mayor Jenny Hill said the weather wasn't showing any signs of letting up.

"It's raining extensively south of Townsville at the moment and this system is likely to sit on top of us for another 24 hours," Cr Hill said.

Queensland Fire and Rescue and the State Emergency Service are on high alert, with swift water rescue boats at the ready.

"They are well prepared for this … we've got the resources, we've got the people. I'm hoping that we don't have to deploy any. The game over the next 24 hours is making sure no one gets hurt," Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said.

A number of roads including the Bohle Bridge have been closed and authorities are reminding motorists to take heed of warnings to stay clear of floodwaters.


- ABC

© ABC 2018

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Warm start to summer in Adelaide

16:34 EDT

Adelaide is having its warmest start to summer in more than 20 years based on the number of days over 30 degrees.

All eyes on Ex-Tropical Cyclone Owen

14:21 EDT

The remnants of Tropical Cyclone Owen brought more than 300mm of rain to parts of northeast Queensland as it made landfall on Monday morning.

Queensland ex-tropical cyclone could reform, bringing heavy rain to parts of state

13:47 EDT

Ex-tropical cyclone Owen could reform later in the week, bringing heavy rain to parts of Queensland after the system crossed the coast at Port Douglas early on Monday bringing winds up to 100 kilometres per hour and dumping hundreds of millimetres of rain.

Help us build a better Weatherzone experience by testing new concepts and providing your feedback.
Sign up to be notified when new test activities become available.