Storm damage at Canoe Point, Tannum Sands. Photo by Kirsten Cunningham.
Storm damage at Canoe Point, Tannum Sands. Photo by Kirsten Cunningham.

Rain eases off overnight, flood warning in place

UPDATE 10AM: The rain eased off in the Gladstone region overnight, with Gladstone receiving 41mm in the 24 hours to 9am on Friday.

Boyne Island recorded 59mm, Benaraby 75mm and Awoonga Dam 47mm.

The rain was heavier on the coast, with Seventeen Seventy recording 91mm in the 24 hours to 9am on Friday.

Captain Creek had 82mm and Miriam Vale had 105mm.

At Tannum Sands, there are clear signs of erosion at Canoe Point.

The Boyne River mouth also had been eroded.

At 9.09am, Awoonga Dam was at 105% capacity, with the water level at 40.64m.

A flood warning is in place for the Kolan, Baffle, Boyne and Calliope Rivers.

6AM: Almost 200mm - or eight inches - of rain had bucketed down in the Gladstone region by Thursday night, but the downpour was not welcomed by Calliope cattle farmer Will Wilson.

More than 40 roads were closed on Thursday, including a section of the Dawson Hwy near Sheep Station Ck. 

For Mr Wilson and other residents who live in west Calliope, that was the only road to Gladstone.

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"There's been five semi trucks here and about 25 cars turned around to go back," he said, speaking to The Observer on Thursday.

He said the lack of rain was no longer a problem for farmers locally.

"The guys out west need the rain. It's just about access for us," he said.

"It's a big inconvenience to logistics and it's time something was done about it."

The road closures in Gladstone came after a high tide of 4.68m at 10.30am combined with the heavy rainfall.

A severe weather warning is no longer in place for the Gladstone region, but a flooding warning remains.

Agnes Water resident Wayne 'Grom' Mellick was also frustrated by the rainfall, after it left his region unreachable again.

Yesterday Fingerboard Rd at House Creek and Alligator Flats were closed and he said if the rain continued more roads to Agnes Water would follow.

"We're sort of used to it by now, but it's frustrating.

"On Monday we have Australia Day, but we won't be able to get people here for it.

"All the accommodation was booked out, and now it's just deserted," Mr Mellick said.

"I hope we can get some sort of funding to get it (the roads) fixed up because we've got a growing township... with the high school starting up and the Food Works that recently opened," he said.

Local Disaster Management Group co-ordinator Mark Holmes said they were liaising with local emergency services to determine the severity of the weather event.

A BOM spokesman said up to 60mm was expected on Friday, but the rain should ease to showers on Saturday.

At 5.41am on Friday Awoonga Dam was at 105% capacity, with the water level at 40.61m.

You said it:

Lizzy Smith: 187mm in Miriam Vale. That's not including however much got tipped out when a cow decided to scratch itself on the rain gauge and knock it over.

Peter Puznik: 208mm Tannum Sands Rd.

Mellissa Case: 205mm in Burua.

Erin Perry: 218mn since it all started here in Telina.

Albrecht Sandie: Wooderson Dawson highway 152mm. Water everywhere. Dams, creeks and river full.

Susan Ashton: 148mm Glen Eden since lunch (Wednesday).

*As at 6pm last night



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