Flood waters reach Dirranbandi early
FLOOD waters have reached Dirranbandi days earlier than expected, with the Castlereagh Highway expected to be closed this morning.
At 1.30pm yesterday, the flood water was 500 metres away from the roadway, indicating the water was ravelling at speed.
Queensland Police Services yesterday said once the road networks closed, Dirranbandi would be isolated for an undetermined time.
In St George, the Andrew Nixon Bridge will remain closed into the weekend due to the height of the Balonne River.
The Bureau of Meteorology expects the peak in the river will arrive in St George early this afternoon.
“We have been advised that the peak will be approximated 12.3m and that the river levels will remain above the height of the bridge into the weekend,” Balonne Shire mayor Richard Marsh said.
“St George police have ordered a number of roads closed in areas subject to inundation to reduce instances of flooding.
“Some locations have local access only for the purpose of residents returning to their properties if they are able. Hutt and Bowen streets will be closed from Victoria St to the river with access restricted to residents in those areas.”
Cr Marsh said these closures would remain in place until access is permitted and any danger has passed.
“I urge all residents and visitors to reconsider all non-essential travel within the community until the peak flood level has been reached and receded to a point where there is no danger to any person,” he said.
“As water recedes in St George over the weekend, these road closures will remain closed until they are inspected and deemed safe to reopen by Department of Transport and Main Roads engineers or Council employees.
“We hope all road users understand that these closures are necessary and that we appreciate your patience until these inspections are carried out.
“The Carnarvon Highway between the Moonie Highway and Thungaby Road has been closed due to inundation.”
Travellers are urged to check the Queensland Traffic site (www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au) for road closures in the region.
Cr Marsh said rising water would also increase the threat of snakes entering properties.
“Please stay alert for snakes and do not enter the floodwaters. Council and Police were advised of juveniles swimming near the bridge just this afternoon,” he said.
“If one of those children had been swept away we could have had an fatality on our hands. They are not only putting their lives in danger, but also the lives of emergency service personnel.”
For more information listen to ABC local radio or visit www.bom.gov.au; and/or www.sunwater.com.au.
For flood assistance contact the State Emergency Service on 132 500.
For local road closures visit https://qldtraffic.qld.gov.au/ or phone 13 19 40.
Dial triple-0 in an emergency.