AUTHORITIES are warning residents of flood-prone towns such as Baffle Creek, Agnes Water and 1770 to prepare for several days of inundation.

Gladstone deputy mayor Matt Burnett said areas south to Bundaberg were particularly flood-prone.

"Possibly going to be making a bit of a havoc down our way, but we're just saying residents in that area, it is possible they could become isolated as they have in the past, so just to be ready for that," he told ABC.

"Whether it means to be out of town at the time you need to to sort of pack up and start getting yourselves organised now.

"No need to panic - just if people are worried about being isolated then perhaps they might need to make themselves move onto another area."

A number of roads in the Gladstone region have been closed as heavy rainfall continues.

Gladstone Regional Council reports Targinie Rd, Spring Valley Rd and The Narrows Rd have all been closed with 200mm of water across them and rising.

There's also water across the road at Marten St, South Gladstone and Wood St, Barney Point. 

Overnight rainfall figures.
Overnight rainfall figures. Gavin Lock

Gladstone received a soaking overnight with almost 124mm of rain recorded in the 12 hours to 9am, adding to the total of 162mm in the past 24 hours - the city's heaviest rainfall in 10 years.

By 6.30pm Wednesday night inner city suburbs had recorded 5.8mm of rain, with water gauges jumping to 48mm by 11.30pm.

This morning the Bureau of Meteorology reported that at 6.30am Gladstone had received 123.8 mm of rainfall, with weather observers warning there was more on the way.

"Residents should expect wet and windy weather in the coming days," BOM weather observer Damien Ousley said.

"We're seeing a lot of rain stretch across the coast."

But don't despair - Gladstone is unlikely to see storms similar those occurring in Far North Queensland.

"A cyclone would need to form off the coast for Gladstone to see similar conditions between Cooktown and Townsville," Mr Ousley said.

The SES received nine calls overnight from residents in Central Queensland, with only one incident reported in Gladstone.

Gladstone Police reported there had been no accidents on the roads since 6pm Wednesday night. 

Queensland Rail has confirmed it will be stopping northbound trains in Rockhampton due to water over the tracks.

They will be providing buses for passengers past this point.

Gladstone region road report

This information was correct as at 5.45pm, Thursday, January 24, 2013.

Gladstone region road closures:

  • Bruce Highway, 2kms North of Historical Village
  • Targinnie Road at first crossing past GML 500mm and rising
  • Spring Valley Road 200mm and rising
  • The Narrows Road 200mm and rising
  • Schilling Lane Stowe Road end 100mm and steady
  • Quarry Road Yarwun 150mm and steady
  • Blackgate Road at Blackgate Creek 1m over
  • Ivy Road 250mm Over
  • Forrest Road 5 km from Targinnie Forest Road intersection Over
  • Racecourse Road Calliope Over
  • O'Connor Road Benaraby 200mm over
  • Taragoola Road Water Over

IMMEDIATE CLOSURE - Weeroona Road Bridge, North of Old Coach Road, Locality of Stowe.

Residents in the area are advised the bridge will be closed due to a failed deck for an indefinite period to carry out investigations and major repairs.

Weeroona Road, which is a loop road with both ends intersecting with the Dawson Highway, will be restricted to local traffic only.

Until the repairs are effected Weeroona Road will be a no through road and access to properties will only be available from the appropriate end.

Water over road:

  • Tablelands Road 2km south of Fingerboard intersection 50-60mm and rising
  • Wood Street Barney Point
  • Glenlyon Road past Kirkwood Road over
  • Booroo Road Over
  • Calliope Cross Roads (Transport and Main Roads are attending)

If you've spotted any flooding, road closures or changed traffic conditions in your area, email newsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au or phone 4970 3027.

You can send us your rain photos by uploading them to our website here, or on our Facebook page here.



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