- From: AAP
- April 19, 2011
RESIDENTS of the southern Queensland town of Roma are fleeing their homes ahead of a record-equalling flood expected to hit today.
About a quarter of the town is at risk of inundation in the town, with Roma’s Bungil Creek predicted to peak at 8.1m by late afternoon, according to Bureau of Meteorology projections.
It is feared many residents may be caught unaware, with initial forecasts predicting the creek would peak at just 7.1m – a level reached during the state’s flood crisis earlier this year.
The last time Bungil Creek peaked at 8.1m last March, 200 homes and 400 properties were inundated.
Maranoa Regional Council mayor Robert Loughnan said residents had been sent a barrage of SMS text messages warning them about the projected flood and council staff were on the ground doorknocking at-risk homes.
Sandbagging was continuing this morning, with residents urged to move their belongings to higher ground. Planning is underway to establish an evacuation centre.
Meanwhile, two people were rescued by police when their car was washed off the Carnarvon Highway northeast of Roma about 7pm. They were uninjured.
Both the Carnarvon and Warrego highways are cut.
BoM forecaster Michelle Berry said heavy falls overnight were starting to ease.
In the 24 hours to 9am, Roma received 88mm, and just north of the town 114mm fell at Tabers and 110mm at Mooga Hills.
“The rain has eased significantly through the Maranoa/Warrego district,” Ms Berry said.
“So we’re not really expecting any further heavy falls there.”
Flood warnings are current for the Comet and Dawson rivers, Bungil Creek and the Balonne River downstream of Bungil Creek Junction and for coastal rivers and streams and adjacent inland areas from Rockhampton to the Sunshine Coast.
Additional reporting: AAP