Ing­ham cut off again

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

ING­HAM was last night cut off by flood­wa­ters for the third time this year af­ter days of heavy rain.

The Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy was ex­pect­ing the Her­bert River to reach the ma­jor flood­ing level of 11 me­tres late yes­ter­day, in­un­dat­ing lower lev­els and cut­ting the Bruce High­way to the north and south.

‘‘ That’s if it stays at the level they are talk­ing about, if it goes any higher we’ve got a prob­lem,’’ Mayor Pino Gian­domenico said. ‘‘ They’re say­ing it’s go­ing to keep rain­ing for a cou­ple of days so we’ll prob­a­bly be cut off for a cou­ple of days.’’

Cr Gian­domenico said it was the third time the town had been cut off by flood­wa­ters this year and it would be a set­back to ef­forts to move on from Cy­clone Yasi.

Heavy rain has been fall­ing across the re­gion for days with more than 100mm of rain recorded in parts of the Her­bert River catch­ment in the 24 hours to 9am yes­ter­day.

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