City caught out as tor­ren­tial rain hits

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Alexis Gill­ham alexis. gill­ham@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

MAK­ING A SPLASH: Lilly Nel­son-White, 3, makes the most of the tor­ren­tial down­pour at Aplins Weir yes­ter­day FOR young Lilly Nel­son-White, Aplins Weir was the per­fect spot to splash in a pud­dle or two af­ter 60mm of rain fell yes­ter­day.

This was just one of the Townsville lo­ca­tions to re­ceive a good share of the tor­ren­tial rain that had moved south from Ing­ham on Sun­day night.

The rain ar­rived in Townsville faster than the weather bu­reau an­tic­i­pated caus­ing flash flood­ing in parts of the city through­out the day.

In the 12 hours to 9pm yes­ter­day Nelly Bay re­ceived 99mm, with Pal­larenda close be­hind on 80mm.

Kir­wan and Mys­ter­ton both recorded close to 60mm.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gist Mario Tor­risi said the con­di­tions would con­tinue for the next few days.

‘‘ At the mo­ment there is a con­ver­gent north north-easterly airstream over the east­ern trop­ics feed­ing into a trop­i­cal low near Bur­ke­town,’’ Mr lone Yasi dam­aged more than 850 build­ings in the re­gion in early Fe­bru­ary.

‘‘ We were pretty lucky to have a cou­ple of weeks af­ter the cy­clone ( with) lit­tle rain, so we were able to make some very good progress but this will slow it down a lit­tle bit,’’ he said. ‘‘ Work is still go­ing on, but it will be af­fected be­cause the flood­ing has cut many many roads.’’

Cr Shan­non is stranded on his cat­tle farm at Bilyana south of Tully.

‘‘ I’m iso­lated . . . I can’t get out from where I am, to get out I’d have to go through 4.5 foot ( 1.3m) of wa­ter,’’ he said.

Cr Shan­non said the Bruce High­way had a foot of wa­ter ( 30cm) over it.

Res­i­dents were philo­soph­i­cal about the flood­ing, he said.

‘‘ It is the wet sea­son, peo­ple typ­i­cally ev­ery year would be cut off prob­a­bly two or three times . . . it’s not un­usual in that re­gard,’’ Cr Shan­non said.

‘‘ We’re on the coast, so the wa­ter does drop down pretty quickly.’’

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