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Rockhampton SES crews on standby for more rain

Monday February 25, 2008 - 18:41 EDT

The State Emergency Service (SES) says more volunteers are on standby in Rockhampton with more rain forecast for tonight following this morning's flash flood.

Authorities received about 70 calls for help as more than 200 millimetres of rain fell in the central Queensland city in just three hours.

Local SES controller Lyle Dobbs says crews have spent the day helping residents clean up and they are now sandbagging the town.

"We are working out teams - we have had three teams at least running around all day on jobs and we are just making a few phone calls now for tonight," he said.

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow says many people were caught off-guard by the flood.

"We probably got a bit cocky," she said.

"We have been watching what had happened in Mackay and Emerald and thought if all we got was a manageable flood we have done well.

"But it did come our way, but not as long as Mackay had."

- ABC

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