/ Floods return to CQ. EXACTLY one year after the worst flooding in Rockhampton for two decades, parts of Central Queensland have been inundated by water again from torrential rainfall. /
/ Persistent flood waters along the New South Wales north coast appear to be moving inland as rivers rise and thousands of residents have become isolated by the closing of roads and driveways. /
/ Eulo evacuates as the Paroo River rises. The tiny town of Eulo in south-west Queensland is on high alert as some residents evacuate in preparation for rising flood waters. The town has a population of about 50 and the Paroo River is already at 3.7 metres in the town and flooding over the road. /
/ Hundreds stranded as floods cut NW highways. TWO MEN swam across flooded channels to safety, a family of six was evacuated on a truck, several vehicles were swept off the road and more than 100 people and their vehicles were stranded on North Western roads in a weekend of action for emergency service crews. /
Water cuts highways in Queensland. SEVERAL western Queensland highways were closed this morning after heavy rain yesterday. Alerts have been issued for motorists travelling on the Burnett Highway, which is closed due to flooding at Dee River at Dululu, south of Rockhampton; the Capricorn Highway, which is closed due to flooding at Sandhurst Creek, at Comet near Emerald; the Dawson Highway at Panorama Creek, Rolleston, and the Flinders Highway between Julia Creek and Cloncurry. /
/ At least 11 fishing villages in four districts along the coast pantura in Tuban, East Java, hit by tidal waves in the last five days. /
Rivers Expected to Rise as Flooding Continues and Move Inland of NSW
Persistent flood waters along the New South Wales north coast appear to be moving inland as rivers rise and thousands of residents have become isolated by the closing of roads and driveways.
The State Emergency Service (SES) has called on the residents affected to take extra safety measures and relocate livestock and equipment to higher ground even as the flooding is not expected to rise too high.
SES spokesman Phil Campbell told ABC there is also flooding inland in the state's west, north of Bourke, affecting the 300-member Indigenous community of Goodooga, where officials came for a visit on Sunday to talk to Aboriginal elders and check on their communities after having been isolated due to the floodwaters.
Flash floods continue to cut dozens of roads from Mount Isa in the north to the NSW border and the east-west railway line at Emerald.
Meanwhile, the Paroo River is expected to reach flood levels near the NSW border next weekend, with water levels similar to that of the major autumn flood in 2010, News.com.au reported.
Even as it appears conditions are beginning to clear in the southeast, a monsoon trough is expected to develop off Cairns on Monday.
Hundreds stranded as floods cut NW highways
TWO MEN swam across flooded channels to safety, a family of six was evacuated on a truck, several vehicles were swept off the road and more than 100 people and their vehicles were stranded on North Western roads in a weekend of action for emergency service crews.
The weekend of rescues started on Friday night for the Mount Isa District Disaster Coordination Centre with news of two men being stuck between channels at the Dismal Channel 10 kilometres from the Burke and Wills Roadhouse 235 kilometres north of Julia Creek.
The executive officer of the Disaster Management Group for Mount Isa District, Senior Sergeant Craig Shepherd, said farmers raised the alarm and while the Disaster Centre was planning a rescue the couple "self-evacuated".
"They managed to swim across the channels and walked to the roadhouse, but their vehicle was lost," senior sergeant Shepherd said. On Saturday morning two vehicles were stranded on the Landsborough Highway between McKinlay and Cloncurry by the Nora River.
A family of six, two adults and four children, were picked up by a truck driver and taken to the McKinlay roadhouse.
A Northern Territory vehicle was washed off the road on the Landsborough Highway near the Fulton river and a truck driver rescued the male driver and took him to Cloncurry.
The rescues continued into Saturday with a call from Fort Constantine Station at 1 pm telling of two elderly motorists who had been stranded since 2 am Friday.
"The Disaster Centre sent out the RACQ NQ Rescue Helicopter and they started searching the area and located the couple by the Gilliat Channels, 13 kilometres north west of Julia Creek, next to their flooded vehicle," senior sergeant Shepherd said. The couple was airlifted to Cloncurry. On Sunday morning five vehicles and three road trains were stuck at Nora Creek bridge between McKinlay and Cloncurry, but the drivers all had food and water and were in radio contact with the Disaster Centre.
Water cuts highways in Queensland
SEVERAL western Queensland highways were closed this morning after heavy rain yesterday.
Alerts have been issued for motorists travelling on the Burnett Highway, which is closed due to flooding at Dee River at Dululu, south of Rockhampton; the Capricorn Highway, which is closed due to flooding at Sandhurst Creek, at Comet near Emerald; the Dawson Highway at Panorama Creek, Rolleston, and the Flinders Highway between Julia Creek and Cloncurry.
The Landsborough Highway between Winton and Cloncurry and the Leichhardt Highway at Condamine on the Darling Downs are also closed to traffic.
Police have appealed to motorists to avoid the region as many people are becoming stuck at Julia Creek which is running out of accommodation.
Julia Creek Motel owner Michelle Zadow said roads would likely reopen tomorrow or the day after. "We're fully booked out and I've said 'no' to about 10 people," she said.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michael Knepp said the weather had generally "quietened down’’ across the state overnight.
"Look, we think it will probably be another quiet day here in Brisbane with a few showers and some drizzle, hopefully decreasing over today and tomorrow,’’ he said.
"We might even see some sun later on in the afternoon."
Mr Knepp said the weather-focus would continue to be on northern parts of Queensland as a deepening monsoon trough increased the likelihood of developing lows.
"The monsoon trough will be deepening in northern parts, both overland and over the ocean, by Wednesday," he said.
"The low that did bring lots of the rain has dissipated so we’re not getting a lot of widespread rain or very high or heavy falls.’’
He said it would be quiet in the southeast.
"We might have a shower or too but hopefully it will settle down a bit,’’ he said.
Rural communities remain isolated today after flash floods cut dozens of roads from Mount Isa in the north to the NSW border and the east-west railway line at Emerald.
With catchments soaked and creeks and rivers flowing strongly, Weather Bureau hydrologists warn that storms will easily trigger further flooding.
The Paroo River is expected to reach flood levels near the NSW border next weekend similar to that of the major autumn flood in 2010.
It comes as conditions start to clear in the southeast but a monsoon trough - sometimes a forerunner to a cyclone - is expected to form off Cairns today.
The State Emergency Service handled about 600 jobs state-wide over the weekend, with most for minor water inundation and roof damage.
In the central Queensland towns of Sapphire and Springsure, a caravan park was evacuated and two houses and a tourist centre flooded on Saturday night and early yesterday.
The giant Fairbairn Dam has started to overflow, which is expected to cause parts of nearby Emerald to be cut off today.
Paul Bell, of the Central Highlands Regional Council, said Sapphire, which had been cut off from Emerald, was awash when Retreat Creek broke its banks on Saturday night.
"The local van park was evacuated and residents from two residences had to be assisted," Cr Bell said.
Blue Gem Caravan Park owner Denise Ryan said her partner Bob Hilton towed two vans out during the night.
"There wasn't that much damage, only psychological," Mr Hilton said.
Cr Bell said Springsure Creek rose quickly, damaging the Springsure tourist centre.
"But residences in the main kept dry. We've got blue skies now and it's very warm so that's helping things dry out," he said.
"I expect the John Gay Bridge to be cut in Emerald (today) as the Fairbairn (dam) is overflowing, which will create access problems to schools."
Rain had made for a good season for graziers and grain growers.
Roma Regional Council chairman Rob Loughnan said the town's troublesome Bungil Creek had not overflowed as feared on the weekend, but residents in low-lying areas were nervy, with many storms about.
The big wet showed signs of easing on the Gold Coast but evidence of last week's wild weather remained, with low-lying hinterland roads still flooded and logs and rubbish covering beaches.
Bulldozers spent much of yesterday piling up debris at Mermaid Beach but the task is expected to take several days. Most roads should be open by this morning if rain continues to ease.
Brisbane's dams are bulging, with Wivenhoe climbing to 79 per cent and releases under way.
The bureau expects rapid rises today in the Fitzroy and Mackenzie rivers and there is a major flood in the Balonne River at Surat.
Gladstone Harbour, which has been suffering poor water quality issues, will be hit again, with central Queensland rivers in flood including the Kolan, Baffle, Boyne and Calliope.
Floods return to CQ
EXACTLY one year after the worst flooding in Rockhampton for two decades, parts of Central Queensland have been inundated by water again from torrential rainfall.
Water was yesterday running over the spillway at Fairbairn Dam and strong winds lashed the Central Highlands.
About 208mm fell near Emerald on Saturday.
Weatherzone said Springsure received 172mm in 24 hours, its heaviest rain in 36 years and heaviest January rain in 125 years of records.
A Central Highlands Regional Council spokeswoman said Emerald had reached minor flood levels and they anticipated it would remain at that point yesterday.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Andrea Peace said rainfall throughout the region was a result of a thunderstorm from a low pressure system moving towards New South Wales.
Retreat Creek at Sapphire reached major flood levels at Sapphire Bridge, where the SES began evacuating people and sandbagging.
Improved roads helped save Fiona Moore's Blue Gem Caravan Park from another flood after Sapphire was lashed by rainfall.
Ms Moore said several vans were evacuated as a precautionary measure, but the evacuees were back in their vans yesterday.
She said they built the caravan park road up after they were inundated by water in the 2010/2011 flood.
"We were very prepared this time, we were watching the river gauges," she said.
"We built our road up in the caravan park and that certainly helped us a lot."
Localised heavy rain in Springsure caused flooding in Springsure Creek.
Bureau of Meteorology hydrologist Jimmy Stewart said he doubted the rainfall would affect flood levels in the Fitzroy River.
"People will probably notice it in seven to 10 days time," Mr Stewart said.
Ms Peace said the Rockhampton region could expect some showers and thunderstorms today.
Eulo evacuates as the Paroo River rises
The tiny town of Eulo in south-west Queensland is on high alert as some residents evacuate in preparation for rising flood waters.
The town has a population of about 50 and the Paroo River is already at 3.7 metres in the town and flooding over the road.
The Paroo River at Eulo is expected to exceed the major flood level of 4 metres later today (Monday, January 30).
Major flooding is also expected in the Paroo at Hungerford later this week.
Weather Bureau hydrologist Jimmy Stewart says the flood levels could reach levels similar to the 2010 flood.
"We've seen extraordinary rainfalls over the weekend, records going back to 1884 have been broken in some locations.
"And yes we are already seeing fast rises in those catchments with some major flooding already third on the record and rising fast at Quilpetar (above Eulo) on Monday morning."
Eulo date farmer Ian Pike, says while the rain's welcome, residents are preparing for the arrival of floodwaters.
"People have already started to clean out a couple of houses and move that to higher ground because the advice from the Bureau was that it was going to be as big as 2010 and maybe bigger.
"At this stage there are still a few unknowns as to how high it is going to reach here."
He says there have been record reports of rain in the upper reaches of the catchment - but only a handful of properties in the town are likely to be inundated.
"There are only really four places that might go under or get damage.
"It is very hard to pick these rivers because you never get two floods the same.
"The country is looking so good; it is unbelievable.
"I think everyone is pretty happy, we are quite prepared to be cut off for a while."
Police inspector Mick Dowie says graziers along the river system are also well-prepared to be cut off for some time.
"We spoke to all the properties on the Paroo River and we were able to confirm that they've got sufficient water and medical supplies and at that stage anyway.
"We have evacuated four residences in Eulo in anticipation for major flooding.
"We just need to wait and see how much water we do actually get there now," he said.
There's also been big rain over the weekend at Cunnamulla, livestock agent Neal Elliott says it'll set graziers up for a bumper year ahead.
"Yeah in town we had just over 7 inches (180 millimetres), but 15 kilometres out of town at Burranbilla, there was 1240 points recorded (315 mm).
"And down towards the [NSW] border 7 to 8 inches (180 - 200 mm) was pretty normal and everywhere else in the shire, most people had between 4 to 5.5 inches (100 to 140 mm)," he said.
Flood warnings are current for a number of western Queensland rivers, please check the Bureau of Meteorology Flood Warnings for details.
11 The wave hit the village of Tuban Sea Fishermen
TUBAN - MICOM: At least 11 fishing villages in four districts along the coast pantura in Tuban, East Java, hit by tidal waves in the last five days.
Conditions that make the people living in the fishing village was restless. Residents also had to build retaining dikes wave independently. They worry that their house destroyed, hit by big waves.
Fishing villages that include Karangagung Village, Kradenan, Gesikharjo, and Panyuran, District Cross. In District includes the Village Kaliuntu Jenu and Socorejo.
Big waves also hit the village of Pabeyan, Gadon, Glondonggede, and Kinanti Village, District Tambakboyo. As for that in the District Bancar, waves crashing on the Village Sukolilo.
However, the brunt of the waves up to three meters above occurred in the Village Socorejo, Glondongede, Jenu District, and Village Pabeyan and Gadon, District Tambakboyo.
Pariyatun, village residents Pabeyan, revealing waves crashing settlement. According to him, more dargi three-meter wave that came in the evening, leaving trash in the neighborhood residents.
"Every night we slept uneasily. Because, the wave comes accompanied with a roar," he explained, Sunday (29 / 1) afternoon. (YK/OL-5)