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Weather Warnings - Flood Warning - Pioneer River

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland

Major Flood Warning for the Pioneer River

Issued at 5:08 am EST on Wednesday 29 March 2017
Flood Warning Number: 8

Moderate flood levels are possible at Mackay late Wednesday morning, and major
flood levels are expected to be continuing at Mirani.

Widespread rainfall totals of 200-500 mm have been recorded over the Pioneer
River catchment in the past 48 hours, with locally heavier falls of 800-1000 mm
recorded over the ranges.

Heavy rainfall will continue during Wednesday morning, but is expected to begin
easing during Wednesday afternoon.

Pioneer River:
Major flood levels are continuing in the Pioneer River at Sarich's and Mirani
Weir, and moderate flood levels are continuing in Blacks Creek at Whitefords
and Cattle Creek at Finch Hatton.

The catchment is currently saturated and rivers and creeks will respond quickly
to any further rainfall.

There are currently no observations at Mirani. It is expected that the river
level at Mirani is above the major flood level (9.0 metres) and near a peak of
11.0 metres. Major flooding is expected to continue during Wednesday morning.

The Pioneer River at Mackay is currently at 6.50 metres and rising. The flood
peak may coincide with the high tide in the Pioneer River at Mackay, and if
this happens, the river level may reach around the moderate flood level (8.00
metres) late on Wednesday morning. The river level may reach the minor flood
level (7.00 m) again on the high tide overnight Wednesday into Thursday.

Flood Safety Advice:
Remember: If it's flooded, forget it. For flood emergency assistance contact
the SES on 132 500. For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000)
immediately.

Current emergency information is available at www.qld.gov.au/alerts

Next issue:
The next warning will be issued by 09:00 am EST on Wednesday 29 March 2017.

Latest River Heights:
Teemburra Ck at Teemburra Dam HW Alert, 1.30, Rising, 04:35 AM WED 29/03/17
Blacks Ck at Whitefords Alert, 7.69, Rising, 04:33 AM WED 29/03/17
Pioneer R at Sarichs Alert, 11.61, Steady, 04:32 AM WED 29/03/17
Cattle Ck at Finch Hatton Alert, 4.11, Rising, 04:31 AM WED 29/03/17
Cattle Ck at Frank Neilsen Br TM, 6.91, Falling, 03:10 AM WED 29/03/17
Pioneer R at Mirani Weir TW Alert, 12.39, Falling, 04:21 AM WED 29/03/17
Pioneer R at Marian Weir Alert, 5.91, Steady, 04:31 AM WED 29/03/17
Pioneer R at Dumbleton Rocks Alert, 20.00, Falling, 04:34 AM WED 29/03/17
Pioneer R at Hospital Br Alert, 9.30, Falling, 04:34 AM WED 29/03/17
Pioneer R at Mackay Alert, 6.50, Rising, 04:34 AM WED 29/03/17
Outer Harbour Tide TM, 2.05, Steady, 03:48 AM WED 29/03/17

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 219. Warning, rainfall and
river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood. The latest weather
forecast is available at www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts.
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