Queensland’s heavy rain is expected to last through December, and while it’s welcome for ranchers, others in low-lying areas in central Queensland fled their homes overnight amid flash flooding.
The Bureau of Metrology (BOM) seven-day forecast shows no dry days for Queensland.
Rain will peak in the southeast today as a trough across the central interior moves east, bringing more rain toward the coast.
BOM forecaster Harry Clark said conditions for the capital would worsen in the afternoon, with a chance of storms.
“If we get enough heating to make that happen, there’s another chance of serious falls,” he told ABC Radio Brisbane.
“They most likely form in the west and then move east toward the coast.”
Flooding in Rubyvale
Bundaberg knocked 191 millimeters overnight, a potential November record.
In the north, Central Queensland bore the brunt. An average of 150 millimeters in the 48 hours to Friday morning and up to 270 mm was recorded near Theresa Creek.
Flash floods hit Rubyvale and nearby Sapphire and Glenn Bell of the Central Highlands Regional Council’s Disaster Management group, said the council was working on the number of people who had evacuated themselves overnight.
Clive Nesbitt, 67, escaped to a friend’s house when water started pouring into his Gemfields home.
His brother Jim Nesbitt said it was a repeat of the floods in March.
“He lost everything [in March]He lost all his personal belongings, he lost his clothes, he lost pictures of his family, he lost everything, he lost his car,” Nesbitt said.
“It has taken him so far to get his life back on track, and the same has happened.”
Continued heavy rainfall has seen the SES receive more than 300 requests for assistance since Monday morning, with a further risk of flooding over the weekend.
No rain delay in sight
BOM senior meteorologist Laura Boekel said the Sunshine State would remain soggy until December.
She said the great wetness was the result of a very humid, deep tropical air mass pushed into the state by northerly winds as far as Indonesia.
“It doesn’t take much when the air is so humid and then we have these troughs moving through it, so because the air is ready to go, it doesn’t really take much to trigger rain and storms,” she says. said.
Ms Boekel said a trough above the central interior will move eastwards tomorrow, bringing more rain to the coast before making its way to the coast.
“It will hang off the coast and seem to be coming back next week, which is unusual, so the postponement of this rainfall will be more than a week,” she said.
For rancher Nina Hensley of Peakvale Station, 37 miles southwest of Clermont, the downpour came at just the right time.
“It just gives your mind a complete boost,” she said.
Rain a ‘game changer’ after years of drought
Mrs Hensley fell 65mm from the rain gauge on her property yesterday morning.
She said it was difficult to get an accurate reading because it continued to rain.
“This rain means safety for the livestock. It means that after three fairly ordinary years we can look at the rebuilding of the herd,” she said.
Before watering, beef breeder Caitlyn Donaldson, whose property is about four hours west of Rockhampton, fed her polystyrene to keep them healthy.
“We haven’t had a season break or spring rain in about 10 years, so this is a bit of a game changer,” she said.
“We now have 157mm for November, so it’s a great start to the wet season and hopefully it continues.”
Flood destroys crops
But Granite Belt Growers Association president Nathan Baronio said not everyone was celebrating as the prolonged wet weather hampered certain crops.
“We grow strawberries here, which are probably our main crop and a third of our production is outdoors,” he said.
He said cherry growers and stone fruit growers would also be in pain.
“To be honest I don’t think a lot of people would be happy with the amount of rain we’ve had – it would be very difficult if you’re harvesting and it would be extremely difficult if you’re in the vegetable game,” he said.