Thursday, February 2, 2012

Queensland towns face floods as rivers rise

MORE people are expected to be evacuated from their homes in Mitchell and the evacuation centre has been relocated to higher ground due to the rising flood waters.

The evacuation centre is now at the council’s Mitchell depot off Mitchell - St George Rd.

18 evacuees have been moved to the site and Maranoa Mayor Robert Loughnan expects more than 50 people to be at the centre tonight.

“The Maranoa River at Mitchell is currently sitting at 8.75m and predicted to peak at 9m sometime this afternoon. It is imperative that we have an evacuation centre at the safest location possible,” Cr Loughnan said.

Floodwater has now inundated 15 homes in Mitchell.

“With the Bureau of Meteorology predicting 100mm of rainfall across the Mitchell area over the next 24 hours, it is expected that up to 45 homes and businesses may be affected by flooding,” Cr Loughnan said.

Some patients in the Mitchell Hospital are being evacuated to the Maranoa Retirement Village.

The Maranoa River at Currawong is currently holding at a height of 9.4m. Read More