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