Town prepares for further rain

LATE yesterday, 150 Warwick and Allora property owners were given written warnings about the possibility of another serious flood after heavy rain from the Wide Bay area moved south.

As a forerunner to the expected rain last night, the seven gates at Leslie Dam were opened at 4am yesterday after a downpour in the catchment area on Saturday night.

Southern Downs Mayor Ron Bellingham was amazed how much the rain band moved south in two hours on the weather radar to 4pm yesterday.

“We are warning people in low areas,” Cr Bellingham said.

“Significant rain is forecast in the area in the next 24 to 48 hours and we run the risk of further inundation,” Cr Bellingham said yesterday.

“The Condamine River is already pretty full and is still rising at Elbow Valley.

“The weather forecasts in recent times have been surprisingly accurate.”

SES Southern Downs Regional Council Warwick unit controller John Newley warned the river could reach Warwick in half the time it normally took from Killarney.

“In drought times, the river could easily take 24 hours from Killarney,” Mr Newley said.

“There are council staff on standby at Killarney.”

He said yesterday afternoon road crossings were starting to close at Stanthorpe from rain during the day and flooding was possible.

Little Pratten Street residents Wade Adams and Lisa Poles said they were grateful for the early warning.

While the water only reached their driveway a fortnight ago, they put things up.


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