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St George River peaks below expected

St George River peaks below expected
St George River peaks below expected
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St George River peaks below expected
St George in the south west of Queensland was fortunate to avoid major disaster late last week as the Balonne Rover peaked 13.5 metres instead of the expected 14 metres.

In preparing for a 14 metre peak of the river, the community of St George was expecting inundation of as much as 80 per cent of the town.
Fortunately the level reached a level of 13.5m, which is still the highest level since recordings began in 1890, but not as destructive as it would have been at a peak of 14 metres.

A spokesman for the Department of Community Safety said, "I wouldn't say it is a significant difference, It's better than what was expected but it's not good by any means, the town's still inundated.''

In contrast to the anticipated 80 per cent inundation, about 25 homes were flooded and 40 of the town's 2800 residents were staying the local showgrounds which had been setup as a make-shift evacuation centre.

The flood peak reached the Whyenbah and Dirranbandi area over the weekend.
Emergency Services also have concerns for residents in Bollon, near St George, who look set to suffer a second flood in a week.
Most of Bollon is already inundated, with Wallam Creek already at it’s major flood level.

The town of Theodore in Central Queensland has seen flood waters rise to 13.2m, levels not seen since the 1983.
The SES has deployed an extra flood boat crew in the area, and about 3000 sandbags have been moved in as a precaution.


Evacuation centres have been established at Theodore with mattress and bedding supplies available to cater for an expected surge in residents requiring overnight accommodation.

Water levels in Charleville and Roma have begun to recede, with 65 SES volunteers deployed to Charleville and 19 sent to Roma to assist with the clean up.

The Australian Red Cross and Queensland police have a call centre for people wishing to check on victims of the floods, concerned relative or friends are now able to call 1800 100 188 for information.
 

Michael Palmer

Date: 07/03/2010

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