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Heavy Rainfall Leaves Bruce Highway Underwater


UPDATE | Rita Island, south of Ayr, has recorded more than half a metre of rain since Monday morning.

Eight schools were closed on Tuesday due to the weather event, while floodwaters forced the closure of the Bruce Highway near Home Hill on Tuesday.  

Close to 400 millimetres of rain has landed in Ayr in less than 48 hours and more than 290mm has landed at Alva Beach within the same time frame.  

Groper Creek, south of Ayr, recorded 295 millimetres since Tuesday morning, while Nelly Bay on Magnetic Island copped 216mm over a 24 hour period.

EARLIER | Almost 50mm of rainfall has been recorded in Ayr and Alva Beach since 9 AM Tuesday.

Meantime the Burdekin LDMG moves to Stand Up following localised flooding.

Everyone in the Burdekin is encouraged to stay off the roads and are reminded that ‘if it’s flooded, forget it.’

The Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) activated this morning after monitoring the situation overnight.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor and LDMG Chair Lyn McLaughlin has advised that due to the current weather conditions a significant number of roads in the Shire have been affected by localised flooding.

“While all major rivers and catchments remain at a reasonable height, local waterways around the Shire have been inundated by this weather event resulting in localised flooding of roads and properties,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“There are several road closures in place around the Burdekin and water is approaching many properties so even if people are in larger vehicles, they are strongly advised to find somewhere safe to pull over to avoid bow waves washing further into properties.

“This weather event is currently stationery over the Burdekin and we have been advised by the Bureau of Meteorology it has the potential to stay there for a couple more hours, and should clear early this afternoon.”

  • Bruce Highway at Plantation Creek closed except for emergency vehicles;
  • Home Hill is closed to the North and South;
  • Wangaratta is closed with high-velocity water continuing to rise;
  • Sewerage pump stations have been inundated;
  • Ayr Transfer Station and Kirknie Road Landfill are both closed;
  • Waste collection in Ayr are still taking place, with waste service drivers reminded to go slow and stay

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The Bruce Highway is currently underwater at Ayr as heavy rain and flooding continues.

Almost 300 millimetres of rain has been recorded in Ayr while Alva Beach has received 270 millimetres since 9 AM Monday.

The heavy rainfall has caused flooding and a rockslide in Townsville, with debris on the road on Sturt Street according to the RACQ. 

 Groper Creek, south of Ayr, recorded 295 millimetres since Monday morning, with Nelly Bay on Magnetic Island receiving 216 millimetres.

Over 100 millimetres is expected in the Far North today on Tuesday. 

The weather bureau said there will be more heavy falls to come over the next 24 to 48 hours.

More than 160 homes and businesses are without power, with Greenvale and Paluma the most affected.

Ergon Energy said they are carrying out emergency repairs after the network was damaged in those areas.