Queensland

Flooding, North Queensland

Police and emergency services are assisting residents in North Queensland as they deal with the impact of major flooding.

Residents in Halifax and Ingham are advised that flood waters continue to rise on the Herbert River.

There are reports that people continue to drive through flood waters.

With rain continuing in the area, drivers are reminded to stay off the road.

Flash flooding and riverine flooding can occcur quickly – even on roads that you usually travel on without any issues.

Flooding can cause significant structural damage to roads, so even if you think it looks safe, you can never be sure exactly what is underneath the water.

Residents that need assistance should contact the State Emergency Service on 132 500, Police on 131 444 or in an emergency, Triple Zero (000).

The Bureau of Meteorlogy advises at 8.17am (March 9 2018):

Herbert River to Nash’s Crossing:

Major flood levels are steady between Gleneagle and Nash’s Crossing.

No river level observations are available from the Gleneagle Homestead at this time. Based on observations from the Gleneagle automatic station, the river level peaked early on Friday morning (March 9 2018).

The Herbert River at Gleneagle is expected to remain above the major flood level (9.00 m) during Friday (March 9 2018) and into Saturday (March 10 2018).

Herbert River downstream of Nash’s Crossing:

Major flood levels continue along the Herbert River. The flood peak is currently around Abergowrie Bridge. Major flood levels are rising downstream to Halifax.

The Herbert River at Abergowrie Bridge is currently at 16.8 metres and nearing a peak, with major flooding. The automatic gauge has recently been recording suspect data and manual observations have been added when made available. River levels are expected to remain around 16.8 metres Friday morning (March 9 2018) and above the major flood level during Friday (March 9 2018).

The Herbert River at Ingham Pump Station is currently at 14.32 metres and rising slowly. River levels may peak near 14.75 metres early Friday afternoon (March 9 2018) and remain above the major flood level (12.00 m) during Friday (March 9 2018) and possibly into Saturday (March 10 2018).

The Herbert River at Gairloch is currently at 12.7 metres and steady. River levels are expected to remain around 12.7 metres through to Friday afternoon (March 9 2018). The Herbert River at Gairloch is expected to remain above the major flood level Friday night (March 9 2018) and possibly into Saturday (March 10 2018).

The Herbert River at Halifax is currently at 5.52 metres and steady. River levels are expected to remain around current levels into Friday afternoon (March 9 2018). The Herbert River at Halifax is expected to remain above the major flood level for the remainder of Friday (March 9 2018) and into Saturday (March 9 2018).

Source: QLD Police