Burnett bat­tered by heavy rain

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE Wide Bay-Burnett re­gion was bat­tered by rain, thun­der and light­ning last Thurs­day and Fri­day, which re­sulted in the clo­sure of sev­eral roads due to flood­ing.

A Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy rep­re­sen­ta­tive said sev­eral lo­ca­tions north­east of Gayn­dah re­ceived rain­fall of nearly 100mm.

Byrnestown recorded the most amount of rain at 98mm on Thurs­day morn­ing.

Neigh­bour­ing town Did­cot re­ceived a sim­i­larly im­pres­sive to­tal of 91mm of rain.

The North Burnett Re­gional Coun­cil ad­vised res­i­dents that Stevens Rd in Dal­larnil, north of Biggen­den, was closed due to flood­wa­ter.

Fur­ther re­ports by the coun­cil stated that the wa­ter then swamped Coringa Rd in Coringa, which was also closed as a re­sult.

As coun­cil work­ers as­sessed the dam­age caused by the storm, mo­torists were also barred from ac­cess­ing Mt Sham­rock Rd, Cur­tis Rus­sell Rd, Grills Road, Par­adise Rd and Stevens Rd.

The Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices were called out to carry out a sand­bag­ging re­quest, and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive con­firmed the op­er­a­tion was suc­cess­ful.

The weather bureau re­ports stated that the brunt of Thurs­day morn­ing’s storm drifted east to­wards Her­vey Bay, but res­i­dents of the North Burnett were not out of the woods, as a se­cond storm front brought dam­ag­ing winds, heavy rain­fall and large hail­stones on Fri­day.

Ar­eas in and around Monto, Eidsvold, Biloela, Cher­bourg, and Gayn­dah had winds of 80km/h.

Burnett res­i­dents are ad­vised to be cau­tious, as there is po­ten­tial for fur­ther rain soon.

Pic­ture: Ju­lian Lehnert

IN­UN­DATED: Cur­tis Rus­sell Rd in Coringa swamped by flood­wa­ter after Thurs­day’s storms.

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