‘Topped up’ ground prime for flash floods

RESIDENTS living around the Kolan, Baffle, Boyne and Calliope rivers let out a sigh of relief yesterday afternoon as river levels began to fall.

The Bureau of Meteorology reassured a forecast of no heavy rain for the next few days.

The bureau listed all creeks and rivers - previously issued with a flood warning - as either "steady" or "falling".

Essendean Bridge on Baffle Creek, which reached its minor flood level in the early hours of yesterday, began receding by mid-morning.

But bureau spokesman David Grant reminded residents to "remain prepared", saying the deluge of Thursday and Wednesday night had laid the ground work for flash flooding.

Most of any weekend heavy rainfall is expected to hit areas north of Gladstone, but the bureau is still forecasting a high chance of showers throughout the Gladstone region today.

If parts of the region were to see "localised heavy showers", it would likely bring with it plenty of run-off that would cause flashflooding.

"There could be some localised heavier falls, but it will be more isolated stuff than what you've had the past couple of days," he said.

"But if you do get some heavier localised it could bring some flash flooding.

"After the recent rainfall it's made the ground prime for that. The ground is so topped up with water that if you add anymore to it, it will just cause flash flooding."

A road condition report issued by Gladstone Regional Council yesterday morning listed eight roads engulfed by creeks and rivers across the region's south.

That number nearly doubled by early afternoon, as run-off continued to flow off the ridges.

Around noon, the bureau told The Observer that despite most of the rain passing, rivers were yet to catch all of the run-off and more roads would go under.

Mt Seaview Alert and Table Tops Alert, which both feed the Boyne River, were the locations hardest hit by rainfall in the 24hrs leading up to 9am yesterday, recording over a 100mm each.

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