Menu
News

ROLLING COVERAGE: Awoonga Dam likely to spill

DAM RUNNETH OVER: Lake Awoonga spills over after the rain which fell on Thursday March 30, 2017.
DAM RUNNETH OVER: Lake Awoonga spills over after the rain which fell on Thursday March 30, 2017. Casey Christmas

FOR WEDNESDAY COVERAGE: Click here.

8.27PM: AWOONGA Dam looks set to spill over at some point tomorrow due to today's rainfall over the Boyne River catchment.

Gladstone Area Water Board operations and maintenance manager Sarah Lunau said Lake Awoonga could be expected to experience "a minor spill".

"Based on Bureau of Meteorology rainfall forecasts, the spill is expected to be in the vicinity of 80mm over the dam spillway," Ms Lunau said.

"Pikes Crossing may become impassable and affected residents have been notified.

98% AND COUNTING: Lake Awoonga is set to breach its spillway at some point tomorrow.
98% AND COUNTING: Lake Awoonga is set to breach its spillway at some point tomorrow. Gladstone Area Water Board

 

8.19PM: The Bruce Hwy looks set to remain closed in several locations overnight, including at House Creek south of Miriam Vale and at the Kolan River south of Gin Gin.

A broken-down prime mover is currently taking up space on the north-bound shoulder about 5km south of Miriam Vale, while a broken-down car is doing much the same a further 5km south of that.

Both vehicles are unlikely to cause too many issues with traffic as the Bruce Hwy remains closed.

Click here for up-to-date information on road closures across the region.

CLOSED: The Bruce Hwy is backed up with traffic south of Miriam Vale.
CLOSED: The Bruce Hwy is backed up with traffic south of Miriam Vale. Department of Transport and Main Roads

 

6.47PM: DEPUTY Mayor Chris Trevor was among those left high and not-quite-dry at his home in Agnes Water today.

Cr Trevor was unable to attend the second day of the three-day LGAQ conference being held in Gladstone this week.

He said he was preparing to spend at least two or three days stuck at home due to the road closures surrounding the coastal community.

"It's a great disappointment for me not to get (to the conference) as deputy mayor - but obviously there are more serious issues relating to the trawler and other rescues, so a minor inconvenience for me given those tragic circumstances," he said.

Cr Trevor said Agnes Water being isolated by flooding was "a regular event" in the lead-up to and during the wet season.

THE LONG WAIT: Gladstone Region deputy mayor Chris Trevor wants a faster, flood-proof access road to Agnes Water.
THE LONG WAIT: Gladstone Region deputy mayor Chris Trevor wants a faster, flood-proof access road to Agnes Water. Paul Braven

"We're essentially a tourism entity, but when it rains all the tourists get out as quickly as they can and businesses suffer," he said.

"It's a major issue for people, particularly the elderly and the frail - when people suffer a heart attack or something, there's all sorts of bother.

"It's not just tourism at stake, it's potentially people's lives when we're isolated like we are today."

Cr Trevor said the council was working with the State Government to provide a shorter, flood-proof access road from Gladstone through to Agnes Water.

"It will be less than 100km... it will take less than an hour," he said.

 

5.38PM: POLICE have confirmed the search for six missing fishermen whose trawler sank off the coast of Seventeen Seventy last night has been suspended.

SEARCH: An aerial and water rescue operation is underway for six missing crew.
SEARCH: An aerial and water rescue operation is underway for six missing crew. Tegan Annett

 

5.04PM: EMERGENCY services have responded to a vehicle rollover on the Dawson Hwy about 3km west of Calliope.

The vehicle rolled at the bottom of a hill, close to where a large amount of water had pooled, just before 4.40pm.

Minor traffic delays have been reported as vehicles navigate the scene, but a police spokesman said the highway remained open.

All of the passengers in the vehicle were able to exit the vehicle by themselves and there were no major injuries.

 

2.13PM: POLICE have released new information about what transpired in Bustard Bay last night when a fishing trawler capsized around 7.30pm and then sank around midnight.

A massive search and rescue operation is currently under way north of Seventeen Seventy.

Follow the story here.

 

12.43PM: The Essendean Bridge has finally succumbed to a rising Baffle Creek and gone under water.

Tablelands Rd remains closed south of the Fingerboard Roadhouse.

GOING UNDER: The Essendean Bridge at Baffle Creek.
GOING UNDER: The Essendean Bridge at Baffle Creek. Gladstone Regional Council

 

Hills Rd at Baffle Creek is now also fully submerged:

11:58AM: THE OWNER of the Fingerboard Roadhouse at Taunton says she has been cut off by flood waters all day - but that hasn't stopped her regulars dropping by.

Chris Devine received about 75mm of rainfall this morning - less than some of her neighbours but significantly more than she is used to.

And despite the roads to Agnes Water, Miriam Vale and Rosedale all being flooded, she only has two copies of The Observer left.

"A lot of people who tried to get in to town and couldn't (stopped by)," she said.

"Now they've all gone home because there's nowhere else to go."

 

11:35AM: DRIVERS attempting to navigate the intersection of Murphy Rd and Baldaw Rd at Captain Creek should exercise extreme caution:

 

10:45AM: AN EXTENSIVE air and water search is underway for the crew of a fishing trawler which overturned north of Seventeen Seventy last night.

Six men remain unaccounted for after the vessel sank at about midnight.

Read the full story here.

FILE PHOTO: Water police are involved in the search for six missing crewmen.
FILE PHOTO: Water police are involved in the search for six missing crewmen. Valerie Horton

 

10:39AM: News Regional readers across Queensland are submitting their flood photos after the state copped a soaking overnight:

 

10.16AM: Flash flooding has been reported on Kalpowar Rd at Kalpowar and Molangul.

 

10.10AM: Agnes Water Clinic is closed today due to localised flooding and road closures.

Prep Transition Day at Agnes Water State School has also been cancelled. The two dates planned for November 1 and November 17 are set to proceed.

 

9:58AM: Captain Creek resident Jennie Ryan sent in this picture of a snail trying to keep high and dry on their verandah following the 300mm+ downpour:

HIGH AND DRY: A snail tries to escape the downpour at Captain Creek.
HIGH AND DRY: A snail tries to escape the downpour at Captain Creek. Jennie Ryan

 

9.46AM: A PERSON has escaped from the roof of their vehicle after they were trapped by rising waters on Fingerboard Rd at Mount Tom earlier this morning.

Local police, paramedics and SES volunteers joined a four wheel-drive QFES crew from Gladstone in attempting to reach the person earlier this morning, having to cross a number of floodways to reach the scene.

At 8.20am they were able to determine they were no longer required.

Emergency services are now in the process of leaving the area.

 

9.32AM: A trampoline has been hurled into the middle of the street at an Agnes Water estate.

Read the full story here.

Agnes Water Points North resident Leisa Trickett woke to find a damaged trampoline in her street, a result of the ongoing severe wet weather.
Agnes Water Points North resident Leisa Trickett woke to find a damaged trampoline in her street, a result of the ongoing severe wet weather. Leisa Trickett

 

9.10AM: Rosedale State School has now been closed due to flooding, joining Lowmead State School.

 

8.57AM: Rainfall stats for the last 24 hours have been released by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Miriam Vale has seen 266mm of rainfall, while Captain Creek received 314mm and the Westwood Range topped the lot with 372mm.

Bundaberg received 104.4mm.

A Bureau spokesman said gauges at Agnes Water, Turkey Beach and Seventeen Seventy had not yet been measured, but it can be expected they will have received similar measurements to Captain Creek and the Westwood Range.

 

8.05AM: Lowmead State School has been closed for the day due to flooding, according to the Department of Education.

Agnes Water State School remains open, but is operating with reduced staff.

Some bus routes to the school have been cancelled.

Bus 3 is the only bus route operational today. All other buses have been cancelled due to road access and driver availability.

For more on school closures, click here.

 

7.52AM: SES SWIFTWATER rescue crews are attempting to reach a person trapped on the roof of their vehicle on Fingerboard Rd at Mount Tom.

An inflatable work platform is currently being deployed in order to reach the person, and a rescue helicopter has been tasked to the scene.

QFES officers have been attempting the rescue since they received a call at 6.15am.

Topics:  agnes water gladstone floods ses swiftwater rescue seventeen seventy



TRAGIC: Man dies at Hungry Jacks Gladstone

Police tape surrounds the entrance to Hungry Jack's, Gladstone, on 21 November 2017.

A man suffered a heart attack at Hungry Jacks Gladstone.

BREAKING: Premier reaffirms Calliope school commitment

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk pictured with member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher and Labors Callide candidate Darren Blackwood as she reaffirms her commitment to build a high school in Calliope.

Premier's pledge as she visits the Gladstone region today

Election promise to target mature-age jobseekers

BACK TO WORK: Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher with Gladstone Engineering Alliance trainee Susan Fitton and GEA projects and grants officer Julie Gelder.

Labor commitment to help mature-age jobseekers find work.

Local Partners