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Monsoonal rain congratulated Mount Isa as flooded roads, but housing has no risk, authorities say


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February 2, 2019 14:32:33

Mount Isa is the youngest city to experience the influence of the Queensland monsoon, with over 120 millimeters of rain falling in the northwest of the city within 24 hours.

The Local Area Disaster Management Group is activated to prepare for river rises and unfavorable road conditions.

Emergency Management Coordinator Elliot Dunn said the fast rescuers headed for help from a man who had been on the riverbed on Friday night.

"The Mt Isa was over 120 mm in the last 24 hours, and Cloncurry was over 160 mm," said Dunn.

"Everything happens very well, people are generally pleased with the rain.

"The only real complication is road closure.

"Flinders [Highway] is closed in several places, like Landsborough [Highway] … we have people isolated all over the area like McKinlay and Kynun, but they're all safe. "

Friday evening to Saturday morning:

  • Mount Isa – 115mm
  • Cloncurry – 160mm
  • Lake Julia – 110mm (over 260mm in two days)
  • Camooweal – 45mm
  • Richmond – 75mm
  • Julia Creek – 15 mm
  • Normanton – 55mm

Mr Dunn said that with the current rainfall, especially Mount Isa, there was no chance that all the dwellings would be flooded.

Mayor Joyce McCullouch said the district disaster management team was ready for any issues that might arise in the region.

"This morning our group of local district leaders met and we decided to" deny ", which means we are warned," Cr McCullouch said.

"We are monitoring our Moondarra Lake road, which is our way to take us to our lakeside lake as well as our water source lake.

"Right now our food supply is good, Woolworths is really flying today with delivery as well as tomorrow's truck, so we will have food back on shelves that are fully equipped until Monday."

Cr McCullouch said on Mount Isa, the rain was welcome.

"It is very wet right now. It comes with a heavy rainfall, then it just falls on the light rain that is probably the best rain to get," she said.

It was a similar message from Emilio Cianetti, Director of the Mount Isa Engineering Services, who said the floods were positive for the public.

"It [flooding] is great to see. It is good for communities that are good for the region, ”he said.

"It comes with road duties. If the roads are closed, please do not break."

The Meteorological Office is waiting for a heavy fall on Mount Isa until Monday when the rain continues to fall, but with less intensity.












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