March mad­ness

Rain causes flash flood­ing and there’s no end in sight

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page - by Ryan Mathe­son ryan. mathe­son@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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.’’

Photo: TROY RODGERS

DOWN­POUR: A car pushes through wa­ter on Welling­ton St, Mund­ing­burra dur­ing yes­ter­day’s heavy rain which flooded ar­eas of the city

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