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AUDIO, PHOTOS: Driver's car stranded in flood water

UPDATE 12.40pm:

 

Some roads in Barney Point are closed.
Some roads in Barney Point are closed.

 

The driver of a Holden Barina found himself in trouble earlier when he attempted to drive through flood water.

Our reporter Declan Cooley chatted to the driver, who wanted to remain anonymous earlier.

 

"I was following a car ... As I was coming through it I realised it was pretty deep.

"The car ended up cutting out."


There is plenty of water over Gladstone region roads, in particular those low-lying.

Toolooa St, Glenlyon Rd, Dawson Hwy and areas in Barney Point all have water over the roads, with the road closed in some areas.

LISTEN: Driver tells of the moment his car was stuck in flood water:

UPDATE 12:10pm: 

GLADSTONE residents can expect more of the same weather wise this afternoon, a Bureau of Meteorology spokesman says.


The spokesman said the forecast was for a continuation of the current weather system with showers and the possibility of localised heavy rainfall.

Car stuck in flood water

So far more than 70mm has been recorded at Gladstone Airport since 9am.

"Heavy rainfall is possible," the spokesman said.

He said the wet conditions were likely to stay for the remainder of the week.

Gladstone's average rainfall in March is 85mm.

The wettest March on record was 2014 when 306mm was recorded.

Glenlyon Rd is closed due to there being water over the road.
Glenlyon Rd is closed due to there being water over the road.

UPDATE 12:00pm:

Gladstone Police are controlling traffic on Glenlyon Rd, Breslin Rd and the Dawson Hwy.

There is plenty of water of the roads, the worst affected is Glenlyon Rd.

A Gladstone Police officer said they were still receiving more calls about flooded roads, with more rain expected to pour down this afternoon.

The Gladstone SES has had several residents at their office picking up sandbags.

Gladstone SES local controller Doug Savage said low lying roads were the worst affected.

"With the amount of rain we've had it's to be expected.

"I was surprised that we had so much rain in such a short amount of time," he said. 

UPDATE 11:50am: 

MORE than 30mm of rain fell in Gladstone between 11am and 11.30am, Bureau of Meteorology figures show.

Since 9am this morning 76.2mm of rainfall has been recorded at the Gladstone Airport.


UPDATE 11:30am: 

There are reports that people have been flooded in and can't leave their homes at Barney Point. 

But it's understood to be much more wide-spread across Gladstone, with emergency services getting reports from the city that roads going under. 

Streets around Barney Point are now under water, and The Observer is waiting for confirmation on what roads are closed. 

Glenlyon Rd and parts of the Dawson Hwy are understood to be closed

UPDATE 11:20am:

GLADSTONE has recorded more than 45mm of rainfall in the two hours between 9am and 11am today.

The Bureau of Meteorology says 45.2mm fell.

It is the highest rainfall recorded across the state for the period.

EARLIER: 

STORM Chaser Jeff Higgins said the trough hanging over Gladstone is staying put for at least the next two to six hours.

He said when a massive off-shore trough moves over a region, as is the case in much of Central Queensland now, it tends to stay put, rather than moving inland. 

"Once it develops, it has a tendency to maintain itself for quite some time," he said.

"We could be looking anywhere from two to six hours for the trough to move," he added.

"Their main moisture source is the ocean.

"So that's why we see they don't to go to far inland."

"[The trough] squeezes and tightens the air in the area. It generates more lift in the atmosphere, and that aids the development of rain and thunderstorms."

Gladstone region man films flooding 

He said all three areas across Central Queensland hit hardest since the falls began on Saturday --- Yeppoon Rockhampton and Gladstone --- could be at risk of some flash flooding if the current intensity persists.

"There is a risk of flash flooding between these areas," he said.

"We could even see another 100mm.

"Obviously you have to be under these [troughs] too.

"You could go 50km to the south and only get up to 10mm.

"You look at Bundaberg and they've got less than a mill, so they're probably feeling ripped off now."

Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Dean Narramore also said we are expected steady showers to continue for most of the day.

Topics:  gladstone gladstone region rain wildweather



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