Rain causes flash flooding and there’s no end in sight
TOWNSVILLE’S record wet shows no sign of abating as heavy rain continued to fall yesterday on an already saturated region causing flash flooding across the city.
Townsville Airport recorded 514mm of rain for the month to 1pm yester- day, almost triple the March average of 178mm.
Magnetic Island’s Nelly Bay received a staggering 761mm over the same period as did Bushland Beach while Bohle River received 756mm, Pallarenda 744mm and Black River 705mm.
Ingham has recorded 940mm this month, more than double the March mean of 400mm.
Road closures yesterday caused chaos along the North Queensland coast.
The Bohle River at the Bruce Highway recorded more than 150mm in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday, followed by Alligator Creek with 109mm and Cluden and Pallarenda with 107mm.
From 9am until 1pm yesterday, North Ward and Picnic Bay recorded 57mm, South Townsville 53mm and Townsville Airport 39mm.
Bureau of Meteorology Townsville forecaster Mario Torrisi said yesterday’s rainfall was due to a moist upper level trough moving over central Queensland.
‘‘ It isn’t unusual to see above-average rainfall during the La Nina weather pattern and that is what we are seeing this year,’’ he said.
‘ ‘ We saw similar con - ditions in February but not to the same degree as we are seeing this month.
‘‘ Townsville has certainly been a hotspot over the past 24 hours with some fairly significant falls being recorded.’’
Forecasters are blaming the La Nina weather pattern for wet and windy conditions.
Mr Torrisi warned the wet was far from over.
‘ ‘ There i s al ways t he chance of flash flooding simply because the area is still so saturated,’’ he said. ‘‘ Flood-affected areas to the north have escaped the brunt of heavy falls over the past couple of days. We will be monitoring a moist onshore flow over the next couple of days that has the potential to bring further shower activity with the chance of isolated moderate to heavy falls.’’
DOWNPOUR: A car pushes through water on Wellington St, Mundingburra during yesterday’s heavy rain which flooded areas of the city