Awoonga water level down but more rain may be on way
UPDATE 5PM: GLADSTONE Regional Council has advised residents and visitors that more rain this weekend is likely to increase water levels in the region's catchments.
Boyne Valley residents already isolated by water across Gladstone-Monto Rd at Marble Creek are advised that the situation may remain unchanged until Monday.
Based on current conditions, with the Awoonga Dam water level at 41.78m at 2pm today and slowly receding, the affected section of Gladstone-Monto Road would be expected to again be accessible by traffic on Saturday.
However, current forecast models predict additional rainfall on the weekend which would likely result in the road remaining inundated until Monday, although not at the extreme levels that were experienced over the Australia Day weekend.
Water levels within the Baffle Creek catchment remain at an extremely high level and any significant rainfall in the Gladstone Region's southern areas over the next few days will exacerbate the situation.
EARLIER: AWOONGA Dam is at 41.82m and receding slowly, the Gladstone Area Water Board reports.
The water board said based on current conditions, Monto Rd was expected to be impacted by the high dam level until Saturday, depending on conditions.
Current Bureau of Meteorology forecast models predict further rainfall over the weekend, with between 75-150mm expected at this stage.
"Initial expectations based on forecast rainfall are that Monto Rd may remain inundated over the weekend, however will not reach extreme levels such as those experienced over the Australia Day weekend," GAWB said in a statement.
"Should forecast rainfall eventuate over the weekend, it is noted that there will be no issues with the saddle dam."