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Roads remain closed after Chinchilla storm

By Fidelis Rego, Monday January 21, 2013 - 10:38 EDT
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Floodwaters cover a car and caravan that had been camped next to the Condamine River near Chinchilla after a 200mm downpour on Friday night. - Audience submitted

Authorities say some local roads remain closed following a massive storm on the Western Darling Downs in southern Queensland over the weekend.

More than 230 millimetres fell in parts of the region on Saturday night and the SES was called in to help some Chinchilla residents as water flowed into backyards.

Local Farmer Greg Bender says the storm turned part of his property south of Chinchilla into a river.

"We'd probably suffered a bit of infrastructure damage and irrigation ditches," he said.

"We're in the middle of irrigating a 150-hectare paddock and with that amount of rain on top of it the drains and that weren't able to cope with it."

The SES says it received three calls for help in Chinchilla as water flowed into people's backyards.

The weather bureau has issued a minor flood warning for Charleys Creek in Chinchilla, and a major flood warning for the Weir River.


© ABC 2013

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