City caught out as torrential rain hits
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.’’