Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Roads remain closed after Chinchilla storm

By Fidelis Rego, Monday January 21, 2013 - 10:38 EDT
Audience submitted image
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

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Tasmania floods: Recovery money targets farmers, small businesses

15:34 EST

Interest-free loans for up to two years are among extra flood assistance detailed for Tasmanian farmers and businesses.

Lorinna residents still relying on barge after floods cut road access

12:58 EST

Almost three weeks after the devastating floods in north-west Tasmania, there is still no road access for the small community of Lorinna.

Mild wake up for the Northern Territory

12:52 EST

From southwest WA to the eastern seaboard, overnight temperatures plummeted well below average on Sunday morning.