Urgent flood warning issued for Charleville
THE Warrego River in Charleville is rising quickly, and locals living on its western side could be isolated in the coming hours.
Murweh Shire Council has released an urgent warning to those in Charleville, and confirmed the river is rising more rapidly than expected.
Currently, it is at 5.56m, and owing to the unexpected rate of rise in the river, Council said it is possible that the Sturt St bridge could close sooner than 6pm today, as was previously advised.
Residents located on the western side of the Warrego River are asked to ensure they have adequate provisions of food and medical supplies.
If they need to, residents should relocate to the eastern side of the bridge as soon as possible.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a major flood warning for the Warrego River, and predicts the flood peak of 6m to 6.3m will arrive this evening.
Widespread falls of 100-130mm were been recorded in the Upper Warrego River catchment in the 24 hours to 9am Sunday, with isolated heavier falls up to 200mm recorded just to the north of Charleville.
Since 9am Sunday there has been a further 50-75mm of rainfall recorded around Charleville. Further showers and storms are possible over the next few days although the rainfall is not expected to be as heavy as during the weekend.
For emergency information, call Murweh Shire Council on 0465 8355.
For flood emergency assistance, contact the SES on 132 500, and for life-threatening emergencies, call triple-0 immediately.