Huge Rainfall Floods Capricorn Coast, Queensland

Huge amounts of rain fell in just 12 hours today, Wednesday 26 March 2014, in parts of the Capricorn Coast, central Queensland. According to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, Yeppoon saw some of the heaviest rainfall, recording 247mm in around 12 hours.

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Floods in Yeppoon, Queensland, March 2014. Photo: Shaun Stapleton, Twitter

The rain left many areas of Rockhampton, Livingstone and Gladstone under water. Several roads had to be closed . There were also reports of landslides caused by the rainfall, one near Statue Bay, the other near Yeppoon. Just north of Yeppoon, two people had to be rescued from their vehicle after becoming trapped by flood water in flood waters at Bungundarr.

Rainfall Figures

In a 24 hour period, rainfall figures for the area measured:

  • Pacific Heights – 232mm
  • Byfield – 120mm
  • Broadmeadows -129mm
  • Rockhampton – 74mm
  • Gladstone Airport – 105mm.

A warning was issued for drivers in the area. The heavy rain is expected to continue into the weekend. Other parts of Queensland, particularly Central West and North Queensland, have also been warned of severe thunderstorms and flash flooding.

Sources: ABC; Gladstone Observer