Monsoonal rain welcomed in Mount Isa as floodwaters close roads, but no risk to homes, authorities say
Kynuna Station south-east of Julia Creek is awash after receiving 352mm of rain since Monday. (Supplied)
Mount Isa is the latest town to feel the impact of Queensland’s monsoon, with more than 120 millimetres of rain falling in the city in the state’s north-west in 24 hours.
The local district disaster management group has been activated in preparation for rising river levels and adverse road conditions.
Emergency Management Coordinator Elliott Dunn said swift water rescuers went to the aid of a man who had pulled himself to safety on a riverbed on Friday night.
“Mt Isa has had over 120mm in the last 24 hours, and Cloncurry has had more than 160mm,” Mr Dunn said.
“Everything is going really well, people in general are really happy with the rain.
“The only real complication we have is road closures.
“The Flinders [Highway] is closed in multiple spots, as is the Landsborough [Highway] … we do have people isolated right across the entire district in places like McKinlay and Kynuna, but they’re all safe.”
Mr Dunn said that there was no chance with the current rainfall, particularly in Mount Isa, that any residences would be flooded.
Mayor Joyce McCullouch said the district disaster management group was ready for any issues that might arise in the region.
“This morning our local district managers group met and we decided to ‘lean in’, which means we’re on alert,” Cr McCullouch said.
“We’re monitoring our Lake Moondarra Road, which is our road which takes us out to our recreational lake, as well as our water source lake.
“At the moment our food supplies are okay, Woolworths is actually flying in supplies today, as well as a truck coming in tomorrow, so we’ll have food back on the shelves fully stocked by Monday.”
Cr McCullouch said for Mount Isa, the rain was welcome.
“It’s very wet at the moment. It comes down with a heavy downpour then just subsides to a light rain which is probably the best rain to receive,” she said.
It was a similar message from Mount Isa’s director of engineering services Emilio Cianetti, who said flooding was positive for the community.
“It [flooding] is great to see. It’s good for the communities, good for the region,” he said.
“With it comes the responsibilities on the roads. If the roads are closed, please do not cross.”
The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting heavy falls in Mount Isa through until Monday, when rain will continue to fall but with less intensity.
The deluge has been gratefully received by Mount Isa locals. (ABC North West Qld: Andrew Saunders)
Friday night to Saturday morning falls:
Mount Isa – 115mm
Cloncurry – 160mm
Lake Julius – 110mm (over 260mm in two days)
Camooweal – 45mm
Richmond – 75mm
Julia Creek – 15mm
Normanton – 55mm