Flooding at Hodgson, near Roma. Properties in the area recorded up to three times their monthly average in just 24 hours.
Flooding at Hodgson, near Roma. Properties in the area recorded up to three times their monthly average in just 24 hours.

BIG WET: More rain in 24 hours than 2019

IN JUST 24 hours, some rain gauges in the Maranoa caught three times their February average, and more than their 2019 yearly total.

Upper Amby Creek recorded the highest reading in the region, totalling 248mm between 9am Saturday morning and the same time Sunday.

The mean February total is 85.2, and no rain was recorded in February 2019.

In Roma, 74mm fell overnight on Saturday, well above the monthly total of 42mm last February.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Livio Regano said there had been “heaps” of places around Roma that had measured above 100mms over the weekend.

“Upper Amby Creek had the most phenomenal reading, but elsewhere Barrandeen had 201.9, Wooroo, south of Roma, had 185, 27 Mile Garden had 179.

“Mitchell had 137, which is incredible to receive in 24 hours considering most of those places have an average of 50 or 60mm for February, and many didn’t receive that much last February.”

Mr Regano said there had been a winning recipe with the culmination of an upper trough and the flow on effects of a monsoon in the northern parts of the country.

“We had a series of upper level troughs, one peaked on Saturday and another on Monday, and there’s another one coming on Thursday,” Mr Regano said.

“They enhance the rising motion in the air that’s needed to create cloud.

“On top of that, we’ve seen a monsoon, where air from the northern hemisphere has met that of the southern and crushed together to form massive storms in the upper end of the country.

“This has cycled into the gulf and has had an effect further south, enhancing the upper trough to create these really heavy falls.”

As significant as the weekend’s falls have been, Mr Regano isn’t calling it drought breaking just yet.

“Despite all the rain, a lot of people still missed out,” he said. “We need this kind of widespread constant rain everywhere.

“This has been quite patchy, but we’re well on the way, and I can imagine those places that have had more than 100mm are quite happy.”

Looking ahead, another upper trough is expected to result in scattered thunderstorms on Thursday.

Road closures

Around the Maranoa, the following roads are closed:

Warrego Highway, Mitchell

Warrego Highway, Muckadilla

Warrego Highway, Roma

Carnarvon Highway, Surat

Condamine Highway, Surat

River Rd, Surat

Naldera Rd, Surat

Petreat Rd, Surat

Talavera Rd, Surat

Kincora Rd, Surat

Maranoa Rd, Surat

Roma Southern Rd, Roma

Roma-Taroom Rd, Roma

Middle Rd, Mitchell

Bollon Rd, Mitchell

Mitchell-St George Rd, Mitchell

Warkon Rd, Yuleba

Litani Rd, Yuleba

Scotsburn Rd, Yuleba

Pei Rd, Jackson

Jackson-Wandoan Rd, Jackson

Remember: if it’s flooded forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately.