May 13, 2022

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that heavy rain is expected to continue moving through the Wide Bay and Burnett on Friday but should start easing on Saturday morning.

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From BOM at 11:17am, Friday:

An upper low over south-east Queensland is resulting in widespread rainfall.

The surface trough currently over the southern Capricornia is expected to move southwards through the Wide Bay and Burnett and act as a focus for heavy rainfall on Friday and early Saturday.

Heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is forecast about parts of the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast districts easing during Saturday morning.

Six-hourly rainfall totals of between 100mm to 160mm are possible.

Locally intense rainfall which may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding is possible with thunderstorms.

BOM will issue a separate severe thunderstorm warning if very dangerous thunderstorms with intense rainfall are detected.

Heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.

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From BOM at 10:40am, Friday:

  • Burnett River – Minor flooding may occur along the upper Burnett River. No current river level readings are available for the Burnett River at Eidsvold Bridge. The river level is expected to be rising. The Burnett River at Eidsvold Bridge is likely to exceed the minor flood level (6.00m) from Friday afternoon. No current river level readings are available for the Burnett River at Mundubbera. The river level is expected to be rising. The Burnett River at Mundubbera may remain below the minor flood level (7.00m) during Friday.
  • Stuart and Boyne rivers – River level rises and minor flooding are possible along the Stuart and Boyne rivers. No current river level readings are available for the Boyne River at Dunolie. The river level is expected to be rising. The Boyne River at Dunollie may reach the minor flood level (2.50m) during Friday.
  • Barker and Barambah creeks – River level rises are expected with minor to moderate flooding possible in the upper catchments.

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From Sunwater at 6:00am, Friday:

  • Bjelke-Petersen Dam is at 100.8 per cent capacity and spilling water.

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The weather has caused a number of cancellations and disruptions:

  • The Silver Lining School at Ficks Crossing was closed on Friday
  • The Ute Muster to be held at Blackbutt Showgrounds on Friday night has been cancelled
  • All Darling Downs Rugby Union games scheduled for this weekend have been cancelled
  • All South Burnett junior and senior soccer games due to be held at Wondai, Kingaroy and Dalby have been postponed
  • All South Burnett junior and senior rugby league games due to be held at Cherbourg and Chinchilla have been abandoned
  • All Toowoomba junior rugby league games have been abandoned
  • The AFL game scheduled to be played at Warwick between the South Burnett Saints and the Warwick Redbacks has been postponed

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