Three rescued as flood threatens town
Three people have been rescued from a house isolated by floodwaters in Roma as the creek continues to rise in the southern inland town.
The two adults and a baby were rescued from a house in Charles Street by State Emergency Service volunteers in a flood boat about 12.40pm.
I’d anticipate that very few houses will be inundated, but I could be proved wrong by the end of the day.
The trio were not injured.
Floods cut roads in Roma. Photo: Maranoa Regional Council
Charles Street, which intersects with the Warrego Highway, is one of the main streets in the town.
Bungil Creek has reached the major flood level of seven metres and floodwaters have inundated hundreds of properties.
The creek, which runs through the town, had been expected to peak at 7.5 metres, but it’s now predicted to reach 8.1 metres by this evening.
Roma residents fill sand bags to hold back flood waters. Photo: Maranoa Regional Council
Residents are continuing to evacuate their homes ahead of the expected flood peak.
Maranoa Regional Mayor Robert Loughnan said floodwaters were already lapping at the sandbags around low-level houses in the town's northeast.
"The water has risen under houses on stilts," he said.
"We've started to evacuate people in trucks and a lot of people are self-evacuating."
The council has also opened an evacuation centre in the town's RSL hall.
Cr Loughnan said he did not expect the flood to be worse than the flood which devastated the town last year.
"It could be just as bad, but I couldn't anticipate being any worse. With luck the water might get away a bit quicker and might end up being a bit lower than [8.1 metres]," he said.
However more than a quarter of the town’s home and businesses are expected to be indundated when the creek peaks today.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a flood warning for the region after 115 millimetres of rain fell on Roma and more than 110 millimetres of rain fell in Tabers and Mooga Hills north of the town yesterday.
The downpour was the result of an upper level low sitting over central Queensland, just northeast of Roma, Bureau of Meteorology forecaster David Woodman said.
‘‘From seven metres it will start to get into town and by about 7.3 metres some houses will start to be affected,’’ he said.
At the height of the downpour last night, two people had to be rescued by police when their car was washed off the Carnarvon Highway northeast of Roma about 7pm.
The pair escaped serious injury.
This morning both the Carnarvon and Warrego highways are cut due to flooding.
Cr Loughnan said about 400 low-lying properties - about a quarter of the town - was being door-knocked to warn of the peak and text messages were also being sent to all residents.
‘‘When it reaches 7.5 metres there will be some homes affected as well as a lot of possessions and assets around and under the house and yards," he said.
The Bungil Creek peaked at 8.1 metres in March last year, inundating 200 homes and 400 properties.
Flood warnings are current for the Comet and Dawson rivers, Bungil Creek and the Balonne River.
In the southeast corner, Eumundi, on the Sunshine Coast hinterland, received the heaviest falls yesterday with 81 millimetres falling after 9am.
Woody Point, north of Brisbane, received 57 millimetres, while Brisbane City received 16 millimetres.
The mercury fell to 18 degrees in Brisbane this morning with a maximum of 23 degrees expected in the city today as conditions become more stable.
- with AAP