These two lads managed to get into Goondiwindi’s Plucked Duck before the highways were closed.
These two lads managed to get into Goondiwindi’s Plucked Duck before the highways were closed. Goondiwindi Argus

Floodwaters wreak social havoc

WHETHER it’s a blip on your social calendar, a flick of mud on your black-tie or bone-creaking turbulence – dark clouds mean different things to many.

Recent rainfall led to highway closures to Goondiwindi, leaving Saturday’s Plucked Duck Bachelors and Spinsters Ball revellers stranded in black-tie finery with floodwaters set to peak about eight metres yesterday.

The Bureau of Meteorology said floodwaters had travelled down the McIntyre River with levels predicted to reach 8.5 metres yesterday afternoon with showers and storms predicted for the area for the next few days. Warwick is set to experience late thunder today with showers clearing on Thursday.

A Warwick Police spokeswoman said flooding had closed four highway entry points to Goondiwindi. At time of print, the Barwon Highway was the only means available to motorists to enter the city with closure signs greeting all other entry and exit points.

The Leichhardt, Gore, Cunningham and Bruxnor highways all closed in parts near Goondiwindi.

In an attempt to get an aerial footage of the flood’s reach in the south, trusted pilot and Warwick Flying School’s Rob Behrend took to the sky.

When approaching the New South Wales border the small aircraft was met with a wall of ominous thunder storm cells.

In a tricky manoeuvre between the sheets of black cloud, Mr Behrend tried to weave between the weather and Goondiwindi.

However, like an octopus stretching an invisible tentacle, the two-seater aircraft was thrusted sideways and pulled in the storm’s reach.

Sensing a soon-to-be-released screech from the white-knuckled reporter beside him, Mr Behrend saved his ears and turned for home.

Closer to home Warwick has received rainfall, just enough to rain on Kaleb Baker’s parade.

The five-year-old was miffed yesterday as wet weather had impinged on his school holiday plans.

“It’s not fun being indoors, I don’t like the rain,” Kaleb said.


Rainfall

Official falls from 9am Friday to 9am Sunday:

Warwick: 30.4mm

Goondiwindi: 68.8mm

Texas: 40.2mm

Inglewood: 38.2mm

Applethorpe: 35.4mm



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