‘One heavy downpour’ could lead to floods

WHERE THE RIVERS MEET: There’s plenty of catchment area with several creeks joining the Condamine River before reaching Warwick.
WHERE THE RIVERS MEET: There’s plenty of catchment area with several creeks joining the Condamine River before reaching Warwick.

THE gullies are running, the grey clouds continue to loom and the question on everyone's lips - are we in for a flood? Warwick weather watcher Rex Baguley says we could very well be.

"It could be leading that way," he said.

"We've had a lot of wet days, but there hasn't exactly been that much rain in it.

"January and February are our flood months so it could be on the cards."

Mr Baguley said he had looked back on 20 years worth of figures recently and noticed the pattern this year was similar to 2000.

"The number of wet days was similar," he said.

John Towells from Killarney said locals had been enjoying the rain over Christmas, but the F-word wasn't quite on their lips yet. "We will need a lot more rain, if we got a big storm that put down a few inches we might be in a bit of trouble," he said.

"I was driving around on the weekend and everything is starting to get really wet and gullies are running.

"The falls are flowing nicely but you can still easily get to Browns Falls."

According to Weatherzone the Darling Downs is in for widespread rain from January 6-10 with more predicted for late January.

Weatherzone meteorologist Ben McBurney said thunderstorms towards the end of the week could bring flash flooding in the area.

"The storms will be quite slow moving and could dump a fair bit of rain in certain parts of the region," he said. "Into next week showers will clear but the following week there could be more.

"Temperatures will be back in the 30s next week."

Rosemary Peterson of Oaklea Bed and Breakfast Farmstay in the Condamine Gorge they'd received 13 inches since November.

"Since Christmas we've had 87mm," she said.

"The Condamine is running quite high and fast.

"A bloke went through about three crossings on Sunday and said he didn't want to go any further because it was too high."

However Mrs Peterson said she didn't think it would flood at the moment.

"Everything is wet and it's high but unless we have a storm that drops about three inches overnight we will be safe."

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Warwick totals

Dec 2007 - 65.2mm (13 wet days) - Floods in January 2008

Dec 2010 - 232.8mm (19 days) - Floods in Dec, flood in January 2011

Dec 2012 - 91.8mm - Floods in Jan/Feb 2013

Dec 2014 - 217.8mm to date and 17 wet days.


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