Mackay on alert after heavy rainfall

Mackay on alert after heavy rainfall

If’s it flooded, forget it. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rainfall and coastal winds for people in the Central Coast and Whitsundays including parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, and Central Coast and Whitsundays districts, as well as Emerald, Rockhampton, Clermont, Mackay, Yeppoon and Moranbah.

The heavy rain is expected to continue as the trough moves slowly northwards today. Residents can expect thunderstoms as well as heavy rain and localised flooding.

Mayor Jenny Whitney, who chairs the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group, said, “A coastal trough is expected to bring widespread showers, storms and rain areas with 24 hour rainfall totals of 50 to 100mm with locally heavy falls of up to 300mm possible about the coast and nearby ranges.”

“Our local Don and Proserpine Rivers are also on flood watch with river level rises above minor flood level likely.
“Businesses and residents in low lying areas should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and take precautions should flooding develop.”

Residents and visitors can access the Hamilton Plains Flood Camera by visiting Council’s website.