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5th Mar 2013 7:28 AM

West Mackay residents fear homes could be inundated

Heavy rain brought roadworks on Bridge Rd, between Paradise and Milton Sts, to a halt yesterday.
Heavy rain brought roadworks on Bridge Rd, between Paradise and Milton Sts, to a halt yesterday. Lee Constable
RESIDENTS of Mogford St are living in fear that their homes will flood every time heavy rain hits Mackay.

The latest weather predictions would have added to their distress, with more torrential rain being tipped to fall today and tomorrow, and meteorologists keeping a close eye on a potential tropical cyclone off the Queensland coast.
In 2008, Debbie Cruikshank and her family were forced out of their home for six months after severe flooding damaged the house. (go to next article see 2008)

"Every time it rains the street floods," she said.
"At 9pm (Sunday) it was slipping under our front door.
"Its very scary - we're just sick of it."
Mrs Cruikshank said the flooding was caused by poor drainage on the street, which they hope will be addressed by Mackay Regional Council.
"In 2008 it actually seeped through our bricks," she said. "Something needs to be done."
Mrs Cruikshank is convinced that had it rained any heavier on Sunday night her house would have flooded again.
Bureau of Meteorology Mt Bassett station manager John McILwham said the heavy falls experienced over the past few days were set to continue yesterday afternoon.
"We are still predicting heavy to moderate falls," he said.
"So about the same as what we have just experienced, or a little bit worse."
Mr McILwham said moist south-easterly winds were fuelling a trough sitting over the Mackay region.
Parts of the region are already drenched after falls of up to 300mm were recorded yesterday.
Munburra was one of the worst hit, with 327mm falling in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday. A further 4mm fell to 6pm yesterday.
Further north, at Mt Jukes, the falls were heavy as well with about 289mm of rain being recorded in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday.
The weather also caused problems for schools.
Mercy College sent text messages to parents advising them to pick up their children early.
Principal Jim Ford said several teachers' cars had been flooded at the school during the morning's rain and they were particularly concerned for those who had to travel from Sarina and Walkerston.
Heavy falls
Rainfall from 9am Sunday to 6pm Monday:
 Munburra: 331mm
 Mt Jukes: 289mm
 Bakers Creek: 214mm
 Mirani Weir: 194mm
 Mackay Airport: 191.8mm
R&W Real Estate on Nebo Rd was one of the Fourways businesses worst hit by severe weather on Sunday night.
Principal Rod Brebner said the rain caused the business's roof to cave in on to a photocopier inside the office.
"I came down last night (Sunday) to have a look and it was all sandbagged; we couldn't do much more than that," he said.

Jaci Foster and Toni Calcutt, of R&W; Real Estate, mop up their Nebo Rd office after heavy rain.
Jaci Foster and Toni Calcutt, of R&W; Real Estate, mop up their Nebo Rd office after heavy rain. Lee Constable
Mr Brebner said he was unsure of the cost of the damage.
While the firm was often affected by flooding on Nebo Rd, he said it had never been hit so badly.
"The last time I got a little bit of water inside there, but nothing to speak of; this lot we copped it all," he said.
"It's shocking.
"We believe the drains need cleaning right through here.
"The traffic that comes through here, they don't stop to slow down - they create bow waves."
Sales consultant Toni Calcutt said they were in clean-up mode yesterday.
"Clean-up today - we can't do much more, the power's off - and wait for someone to come and fix the roof," Ms Calcutt said.
"I guess that's all we can do."
Several other Fourways businesses were affected by the overnight downpour, including the Lifeline Op Shop.
MORE than 250 sandbags were needed to help prevent flooding at homes in South and East Mackay.
State Emergency Service volunteers worked around the clock until the early hours of yesterday morning sandbagging homes.

Graham Jackson, Brett Larsson, Ben Taylor and Jo Ann Clout prepare sandbags.
Graham Jackson, Brett Larsson, Ben Taylor and Jo Ann Clout prepare sandbags. Michaela Harlow
Duty officer Charles Hamlet said the SES had received 21 calls for help on Sunday night and 17 calls yesterday morning.
"We are finalising the last of the calls now," Mr Hamlet said yesterday afternoon.
"On Sunday night we started receiving calls when the rain and wind picked up. We didn't finish until 1am."
Despite a big night of hard work volunteering, SES crews were out in force again yesterday afternoon. Only two jobs required roofs had to be tarped in Mackay.
"This was mostly due to the driving wind and the rain finding a weak spot," he said.
There were 21 SES volunteers working until early yesterday morning and 14 volunteers working to sandbag again yesterday.
Mr Hamlet said there were plenty of sandbags in stock. "We have been working with the Mackay Regional Council to make sure we have enough," he said.
Phone the SES on 132 500.
WHEN a Virgin Australia flight to Mackay was forced to head back to Brisbane because of the weather on Sunday night, only passengers in transit were provided accommodation by the airline.
John Petersen was told he would have to fend for himself after being "dumped in Brisbane" and had to spend $99 for accommodation.

Virgin Airlines.
Virgin Airlines. Trevor Veale
"I had to find accommodation on a Sunday night, at 10pm and pay $40 for a taxi each way," Mr Petersen said.
A spokesperson for Virgin Australia said in these cases they only provided accommodation to those in transit. "All guests are then reaccommodated on the next available flight on the following day."
Mackay Airport general manager Rob Porter said the severe weather also caused two flights to be diverted to Townsville and another from Brisbane to turn around.
"The key message here is that when these weather events occur people need to stay in touch with their airline," he said.
Minor localised flooding has also restricted vehicle access to and from the airport on Milton St and Boundary Rd. 

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Mackay declared flood disaster zone

A photo taken by the RACQ Central Queensland Rescue helicopter crew
who examined the devastation in Mackay earlier today.A photo taken by the RACQ Central Queensland Rescue helicopter crew who examined the devastation in Mackay earlier today.
AdvertisementGeorgina Robinson
February 15, 2008 - 7:12PM
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Mackay has been declared a disaster zone after a record-breaking 625mm of rain fell in one day, swamping the central Queensland city.
The 24-hour downpour to 9am (AEST) today was twice the average for the entire month for the city.
Evacuation centres were set up around town as residents left their homes and emergency services workers battled the fall-out from torrential downpours. Authorities say as many as 1000 people may need to leave.
Mackay MP and Primary Industries Minister Tim Mulherin said the damage bill would ''easily be in the millions'', with many homes swamped, schools and businesses closed and roads cut.
Electrical storms took out telephone lines, leaving the city with only mobile coverage, and the airport was closed due to floodwaters and debris.
More than 15,000 extra sandbags have been sent to the region, along with extra fire and rescue personnel as residents are warned to stay indoors.
Authorities also issued a warning after a number of unconfirmed sightings of crocodiles near homes.
The floods were expected to peak this afternoon but should recede quickly once high tide passes this evening.
One of the major problems for the city is that it is fairly flat, just above sea level, and the city's drainage system couldn't the floodwaters out into the ocean because of the high tide, Mackay Mayor Julie Boyd said.
Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts announced the government had declared the Mackay region a "disaster situation" on top of yesterday flood assistance activation.
It meant the government could exercise a range of powers, such as the evacuation of people and animals, to ensure public safety and public order, Mr Roberts said.
"I urge all residents to monitor updates on the flooding situation. No one should try to drive through, walk or swim," he said.
Cr Boyd said businesses in the city had been hit hard, with large retailers Harvey Norman, Bunnings, Spotlight and Big Box flooded.
"It just rained all night but about four o'clock this morning it was really heavy and continuous for about four or five hours,'' she said.
"We had a fair bank of thunderstorms that came through to add to it and a lot of people lost power.''
An Emergency Management Queensland spokesperson said some residents woke this morning to find up to 30 centimetres of water covering their floors.
Two people were rescued from the roof of their car before 8am after being washed off a road at The Leap, north-east of the city.