March 30, 2017
The remnants of Cyclone Debbie have come and gone through the South Burnett, causing confusion for parents but leaving some much-needed dam water behind for farmers.
Fortunately, there were no reports of injuries although there were two incidents where trees fell on vehicles, one at Coolabunia and one at Goodger. Neither driver was injured.
A blackout of about 1000 residents in the Kingaroy area was caused by a tree branch falling on power lines near Coolabunia.
Parents and carers received some mixed messages early on Thursday from both official and non-official sources about whether local schools would be open or closed.
In the end, some stay closed, some opened, and some opened and closed early as bus drivers were worried about creeks rising.
Rainfall totals reported (Wednesday night to Thursday afternoon) included: 126mm (Bunya Mountains), 112mm (Cloyna), 143mm (Tablelands) and 96mm (Yarraman).
Kingaroy received between 110mm and 120mm, however the town also recorded a wind gust of 87km/h at 1:27pm at Kingaroy Airport.
The South Burnett Local Disaster Management Group sat through most of the day monitoring the situation.
The group consists of representatives from the police and ambulance, Ergon Energy and Council. It was chaired by Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff.
The committee officially stood down at 3:50pm when it became obvious the danger had passed.
The group’s last update included:
Cr Duff asked that the community continue to travel with care and avoid flooded waterways.
The South Burnett Regional Council advised that the Chinchilla-Wondai Road at Boyne River near Durong has now been closed due to water over the road. This closure will be reviewed at dawn.
The SBRC also reminded residents that creek and river levels are rising as runoff makes its way into them, and while Council crews are out assessing and erecting signage, the full extent may not be captured overnight.
Because of this, drivers should exercise extreme caution when approaching bridges and floodways. If water is over the road or the extent of any damage cannot be fully assessed, they should not cross.
Council will review road conditions and issue a further advisory tomorrow morning (Friday, March 31).
Nanango State High School also advised that it has now decided to close – along with most of the region’s other schools – on Friday.
The SBRC has advised the Silverleaf Road side track at Marshlands Bridge will be closed to all traffic this afternoon because it is likely to be inundated by rises in Barambah Creek overnight.
Detours will be in place via nearby local roads as signed, and the situation will be reviewed on Friday.
At 4:20pm on Thursday, roads closed were:
Proceed with caution (if it’s flooded, forget it):
The SBRC said it had been advised that all South Burnett schools will be closed tomorrow (Friday, March 31), but suggests parents confirm this information by checking their school’s Facebook page or website.
Nanango SHS has confirmed that it will be open tomorrow unless overnight flooding occurs, and in this instance texts will be sent by 7:00am if this changes. The school’s Facebook Page will contain any new information.
The situation with schools in Toowoomba, Cherbourg or Gympie Regional Council areas is unknown.
Ergon Energy has advised that more than 1000 customers are without power in parts of Nanango, Booie, Coolabunia and Kingaroy due to a tree branch over the lines at Edenvale North Road, Kingaroy (near where it meets the D’Aguilar Highway).
The power has been out since 1:25pm and there is no restoration time as yet.
Updates will be available from Ergon’s Outage Finder
The SBRC has issued the following local road advices:
The Council also confirmed at 1:00pm that the technical glitch which had prevented road closure updates appearing on the State Government’s Qldtraffic.qld.gov.au website earlier on Thursday has now been fixed, and South Burnett residents should look there for the latest road closure information.
Residents downstream of Gordonbrook Dam will be able to use a recorded message service to access up to date information regarding the dam level at Gordonbrook by calling (07) 4189-9533.
The service is a recorded message updated with current conditions – level, capacity, inflow information, and whether the dam is spilling or not.
Downstream landholders are also advised to continue to observe warnings and information issued by the Bureau Of Meteorology. BOM also publishes information about flooding and river heights.
Byee Road (Wondai Proston end) and First Avenue in Kingaroy (River Road end) are now both confirmed as being cut by run-off.
The SBRC advised that it will be providing road closure updates on its website and Facebook page because its data is not feeding through to the State Government’s road closure website at the present time.
In addition to current road closures at Byee Road, Wheatlands, the Burnett Highway at Goomeri and Kilkivan-Tansey Road at the Wide Bay Bridge, Council advised that Dingo Creek appears likely to cut the Bunya Highway at Wondai later today.
An unverified report also suggests First Avenue in Kingaroy is cut.
The South Burnett’s Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) advised at 9:00am that:
If you’re travelling today, you can also get more information about local conditions on these websites:
South Burnett residents living on (or near) the Barker-Barambah Creek or Boonara-Nangur Creek systems can exchange information on these Facebook pages: