Heavy rain puts re­gion on flood watch

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Inge Hansen inge.hansen@whit­sun­day­times. com.au

HEAVY rain fore­cast across the re­gion has put Proser­pine on flood watch and Air­lie Beach can ex­pect to be hit too.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gist at the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy, Lau­ren Pat­tie, said in iso­lated ar­eas such as Proser­pine and Air­lie Beach, rain lev­els could ex­ceed 100mm and reach as high as 200mm over the com­ing days.

She said a flood watch had been is­sued for ar­eas be­tween Card­well and St Lawrence and in­land to Mo­ran­bah.

“(This is due to) a sur­face trough de­vel­op­ing in the Coral Sea which is ex­pected to move south-west on the coast and then con­tin­u­ing south,” she said.

“We can ex­pect to see an in­crease in show­ers and rain. So much so we’re ex­pect­ing flood­ing.”

Ms Pat­tie said BoM would mon­i­tor catch­ments in the flood watch zone and would is­sue warn­ings if nec­es­sary.

“From (Wed­nes­day) we’ll start to see an in­crease in show­ers and rain, but most of the rain will fall on Thurs­day and Fri­day,” she said.

Ms Pat­tie said it was im­por­tant for peo­ple to be wary of danger­ous wa­ters and to re­mem­ber “if it’s flooded, for­get it”.

“Def­i­nitely stay well away from flood wa­ters and keep up to date with of­fi­cial up­dates and fore­casts on our web­sites,” she said.

“Stay away from flooded rivers and roads.”

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

FLOODED: Cars nav­i­gate Hamil­ton Plains on Shute Har­bour Rd af­ter se­vere flood wa­ters.

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