Western Downs towns awash

Western Downs receives flooding rain

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Aerial shots of the Jandowae flood. Photo: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

Aerial shots of the Jandowae flood. Photo: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

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Roads have been cut and properties inundated during flash flooding on the Western Downs.

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ROADS have been cut and properties inundated during flash flooding on the Western Downs.

The towns of Warra, Jandowae and Chinchilla were inundated in recent days with emergency alerts issued for the region.

The flood warnings in those towns have since been cancelled and residents are beginning to mop up.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said an emergency alert was issued at 2:30pm on Wednesday by the Western Downs Regional Council.

It said the Jandowae Creek and Jimbour Plain were expected to peak causing major flooding during the night, with properties in the area likely to experience flooding.

Residents were advised to secure their belongings and prepare to leave.

Aerial shots of the Jandowae flood. Photo: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

Aerial shots of the Jandowae flood. Photo: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

Water levels at the Chinchilla Weir were continuing to rise this morning with flooding expected in the immediate area.

Council said Chinchilla Tara Road was likely to be heavily impacted by floodwaters and residents were encouraged to be alert and drive to the conditions.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said the worst had passed for the region and residents in Warra and Jandowae were beginning to mop up.

"As far as the region goes Jandowae and Warra, the water has receeded there.

"The community and council staff are out there this morning cleaning the town up, and they've done a fantastic job in Jandowae.

Cr McVeigh said three houses had water above the floor boards and two other houses had some water through in lower areas.

He said the Warrago Highway was open with caution after being closed from about 10pm to 4.45am this morning.

However, he urged residents to exercise caution when driving as the fast flowing water had damaged many local roads.

Cr McVeigh said while the immediate response was to protect people and property, the rainfall event would be great for the region going forward.

"One farmer I spoke to just yesterday had already had 20 inches in the six weeks of 2020, when the whole of last year he only had 6 inches.

"From a region point of view it was a tremendous rainfall event that will help to support the agricultural sector and grazing for the year."

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Shane Kennedy said while isolated thunderstoms and showers would continue today, the region had most likely seen the last of the heavy rain.

Across the Western Downs towns were generally receiving between 5mm-15mm while the heaviest falls in the 24hours to 9am today was 34mm recorded at Kulpi, north of Dalby.

"In the past week there's been widespread falls of between 70mm-150mm across large parts of that Western Downs area, with the highest being 205mm recorded at Oakey," Mr Kennedy said.

Aerial shots of the Jandowae flood. Photo: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

Aerial shots of the Jandowae flood. Photo: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

"There is still a high chance of showers and thunderstorms though the heavier falls have contracted to the coast.

"A storm has started north west of Roman that would track into the Western Downs today, but today is likely to be the last of the heavier falls.

"There will be smaller falls going forward in the next week, but generally the risk of heavier falls has passed for now."

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