Bright news for wild wet

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Nathan Paull

HEAVY DOWN­POUR: Cars battle wa­ter cov­ered roads around Townsville at the week­end but the fore­cast is for rain to ease in com­ing days WHILE the North is ex­pected to still cop a soak­ing over com­ing days, the Bruce High­way be­tween Cairns and Townsville re­opened at the week­end in a sign things are look­ing up for dis­as­ter­rav­aged res­i­dents.

In even more good news for North Queens­lan­ders, the Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy is pre­dict­ing while rain will con­tinue, it will not be as b a d a s t he un­rel e nt i ng down­pour that has caused se­vere flood­ing in Card­well and Ing­ham just a month af­ter the re­gion was tor­mented by Cy­clone Yasi.

F o r e c a s t e r J u l i a n Ro­manik said there would be mod­er­ate falls to­day and t o m o r r o w b e f o r e t h e weather be­gan t o cl ear slightly on Wed­nes­day.

‘‘ It may be a lit­tle bit heav­ier down in the south-

Heavy rain clouds in Townsville shroud the city ern reaches of kin,’’ he said.

‘‘ But the heav­i­est stuff will be down south near the Whit­sun­days and the cen­tral coast.’’

Mr Ro­manik said heav­ilya f f e c t e d a r e a s nort h o f Townsville like Ing­ham, Card­well and Tully were also likely to see some respite from the wet, giv­ing the chance for a cy­clone and

the Burde- flood clean-up to fi­nally be­gin.

How­ever, with only a mod­est down­pour enough to send the Her­bert River back over its banks, Mr Ro­manik said more flood­ing was a strong pos­si­bil­ity.

But news that things were be­gin­ning to ease was yes­ter­day wel­come news for Hinch­in­brook Shire Mayor Pino Gian­domenico, who

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