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UPDATE: Trains, buses affected by weather

WET: The causeway at Bargara has been inundated by flood water.
WET: The causeway at Bargara has been inundated by flood water.

What we know:

  • Schools have closed for a second day due to flash flooding and rain
  • BOM has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rain
  • River levels are rising
  • A moderate flood warning is in place for the Burnett River
  • A major flood warning is in place for the Kolan River and Baffle Creek
  • Roads have been closed around the region due to flash flooding

 

 

UPDATE 2.30PM: TONIGHT'S Brisbane-Bundaberg Tilt Train may be affected by flooding.

Queensland Rail said in a statement that travel on the train, due to depart Roma St at 4.55pm, cannot be guaranteed.

It says buses may be brought in to move passengers but that is subject to road conditions and availability.

"Customers are advised to consider alternate arrangements," the statement said.

The NewsMail understands Greyhound has cancelled all long-distance services travelling through Bundaberg.

Click here for more information on Queensland Rail services.

https://www.queenslandrailtravel.com.au/ServiceUpdates/Pages/default-%20do%20not%20touch.aspx

Click here for more information on Greyhound services.

https://www.greyhound.com.au

 

 

 

UPDATE 1.05PM: BUNDABERG Regional Council has advised the community sewerage problems experienced in the region are being investigated.

A Facebook post stated sewerage issues were arising for some residents due to recent weather events.
 
"Council's Customer Service Team is currently experiencing a high volume of calls and appreciates the patience of callers as we respond to each call," the post read.

"Council wishes to advise our operational staff are committed to investigating and assessing each case on an individual basis.

"While Council staff may not be able to action all requests for assistance today, Council will attend to all reports as soon as possible.

"Information from these investigations will be collated to assist Council in minimising impacts from future rain events."
 

 

The Elliott River swamps Goodwood Rd.
The Elliott River swamps Goodwood Rd. Kristie Devine

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE 11.30AM BOM has confirmed a major flood peak is expected at Essendean Bridge in Baffle Creek overnight Wednesday, whilst river levels are expected to remain above the major flood level in the Kolan River at Bucca Weir for the rest of Wednesday.

Between 250mm and 500 mm of rainfall has been recorded across the warning area in the past 48 hours.

Further rainfall is expected during Wednesday and a severe weather warning for heavy rainfall is current for the area but rainfall totals are not expected to be as high as recent days.


Kolan River:
Major flood levels are easing in the Kolan River. Minor flood levels are easing in Gin Gin Creek.


The Kolan River at Bucca Weir is currently at 19.76 metres and steady.

The river level is now expected to remain above the major flood level (19.00 m) during Wednesday.


Baffle Creek:

Major flood levels are rising in Baffle Creek.

The Baffle Creek at Essendean Bridge is currently at 13.02 metres and rising. A major flood peak is expected overnight Wednesday into Thursday.




 

Elliot River, Goodwood Rd this morning
Elliot River, Goodwood Rd this morning Shane Hotz

 

 

 

 

UPDATE 10AM: THE Burnett River has moved to moderate flood warning status.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued the warning at 9.57am today.

Burnett River to Mundubbera:

Major flood levels are occurring in the upper reaches of the Burnett River.

The Burnett River at Eidsvold Bridge is currently at 7.50 metres and rising.

The Burnett River at Eidsvold Bridge is likely to reach the moderate flood level (9.00 m) Wednesday afternoon.

A moderate flood peak is likely Thursday evening.

This is not expected to affect Bundaberg.

The Burnett River at Mundubbera is currently at 5.57 metres and steady.

The Burnett River at Mundubbera may reach the minor flood level (7.00m) during Friday.


Burnett River downstream of Paradise Dam:

Minor flood levels are occurring at Walla.

The Burnett River at Walla is currently at 6.21 metres and falling.

The Burnett River at Walla is expected to remain around the minor flood level (6.00 m) during Wednesday and remain around this level for much of the week and into the weekend.

River levels at Bundaberg are expected to remain below the minor flood level.

Between 200mm to 300 mm of rainfall has been recorded over northeast parts of the Burnett River catchment area in the past 48 hours with isolated falls of up to 350mm since Monday morning.

 

Power outages

There is a power outage affecting 50 customers in Gaeta area.

The power was lost about 2pm yesterday (Tuesday).

Energy Queensland's Rod Rehbein said crews had attempted to gain access to patrol the line yesterday afternoon and again first thing this morning, but flooding is blocking their access.

"Crews are hopeful access will be possible in a relatively short period once the rain stops so power can be restored before dark," he said.

"We don't have any other outages in the Bundaberg region at the moment."

 

 

 

River levels issued by BOM.
River levels issued by BOM. Ashley Clark

 

 

 

 

 

EARLIER: THE Bureau of Meteorology's latest severe weather warning states heavy rainfall will continue in Bundaberg today.

Six hourly rainfall totals of 120mm to 180mm are possible, with isolated six hourly totals over 200mm.

An upper low lies over the northern interior of Queensland, which will move slowly east towards the tropical coast while weakening.

A surface trough lies near the Central and Capricornia coast, and is expected to move into Townsville and Cairns waters later today.

Areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms, which may lead to flash flooding, are possible over coastal areas between Ayr and Bundaberg today, chiefly during the morning.

Severe thunderstorms are also possible in the area and separate severe thunderstorm warnings will be issued as as necessary.

So far, 119mm has fallen in the six hours to 7.10am at Moore Park, north of Bundaberg.

 

Water flows quickly just beneath the bridge at Kolan River.
Water flows quickly just beneath the bridge at Kolan River.


 

Flood warnings

Between 150mm and 220mm of rainfall has been recorded over northeast parts of the Burnett River catchment area in the past 24 hours.

A minor flood warning is current for the Burnett River.

Minor flood levels are likely at Eidsvold Bridge this morning.

River levels at Bundaberg are expected to remain below the minor flood level.

A major flood warning is in place for the Kolan River and Baffle Creek.

Between 250 and 450 mm of rainfall has been recorded across the catchment area in the past two days.

The bureau said further heavy rainfall was expected today.

Strong winds are also expected for the Fraser Island coast.

 

 

River levels from BOM.
River levels from BOM. Ashley Clark

 

 

School closures

Schools around Bundaberg have closed for a second day due to severe weather conditions in the Wide Bay region.

Schools currently closed include:

Alloway State School

Bullyard State School

Bundaberg Christian College

Dallarnil State School

Givelda State School

Gooburrum State School

Goodwood State School

Kolan South State School

Lowmead State School

McIlwraith State School

Rosedale State School

Wallaville State School

Wartburg State School

Yandaran State School

 

 

 

 

 

Road closures/flash flooding

Eidsvold Theodore Rd

Bundaberg Gin Gin Rd

Cedars Rd

Childers Rd (Isis Hwy)

Monto Mt Perry Rd

Gayndah Mt Perry Rd

Goodwood Rd

Kalpowar Rd

Rosedale Rd (Bundaberg Miriam Vale Rd)

Bargara Rd (Bundaberg Bargara Rd)

Moore Park Rd

Burrum Heads Rd

Isis Highway

Bruce Highway at Meadowvale, Aldershot, Gunalda

Bruce Highway (Maryborough Gin Gin Rd)

Wessels Rd

Hughes Rd

Money's Creek Causeway

Seaview Rd

Booral Road Bunya Creek

Gladstone Monto Rd Kalpowar

Gladstone Monto Rd Bancroft

Maryborough Biggenden Rd (Boompa Rd)

House Ck Bridge Miriam Vale

Bundaberg Miriam Vale Rd     

Bruce Highway  Calliope

Round Hill Rd Captain Creek

Biggenden - Alascan Rd, Curtis Russell Rd, Emu Creek Rd, Giles Rd, Grills Rd, Lords Rd, Lower Lakeside Rd, Mount Woowoonga Rd, Seccombes Rd, Stevens Rd, Woowoonga Hall Rd

Eidsvold - Abercorn Rd, Grosvenor Rd, Kerwee Rd, Malmoe Rd

Gayndah - Mount Debatable Rd

Monto - Abercorn Rd, Airport Rd, Cannindah Rd, Glencoe Rd at Percy Hindmarsh Bridge-sidetrack impassable, Glen Valley Rd, Harrami Rd,
Macks Rd, Monal Rd, Mountain View Rd, Old Rawbelle Rd, Powers Rd, Tellebang Rd, Three Moon Rd, Yarrol Rd, Youlambie Rd

Mount Perry - Elliotts Creek Rd, Greenbank Rd, Kalliwa Rd, Mungy Rd, Park Reserve Rd, Sunday Creek Rd, Tenningering Rd, Yarrol Rd

Mundubbera - Bradleys Rd, Coonambula Rd, Coonambula Eidsvold Rd, Dykehead Rd, Gayndah Mundubbera Rd - CAUTION Water over road, Jaru Rd, Loakes Rd - CAUTION Water Over Road, OBil Bil Rd, Philpott Rd - Road damaged at Philpott Creek Crossing, Reinkes Rd, Riverleigh School Bus Rd, Sehls Rd


 

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