Help Townsville Residents
After long days of heat and drought, 388mm of rain now washes over the heat in Cloncurry, Queensland. According to Cloncurry Mayor Greg Campbell, the rain fell “just in time”. Mount Isa had 232mm rains, Leichhardt River, recorded 529mm and 400mm in Richmond. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the rains were a relief for farmers who had struggled with the severe drought. “There were … a few tears of happiness.”
While some parts of Queensland are welcoming the rain, Townsville is currently suffering from devastating floods. Both emergency services and residents are using every boat they can get their hands on to rescue and evacuate fellow residents trapped in rushing floodwaters. A spokeswoman for Ergon Energy urged customers to be patient, with crews unable to restore power in many places due to substations being flooded. “The biggest impact has been in Hermit Park where the substation was switched off late yesterday when water entered the switchyard,” the Ergon spokeswoman said.
“Our number one priority is to keep everyone safe around our network — water and electricity don’t mix.
“Preventing major flood damage to electrical assets will also lead to more efficient restoration for the community.
“Significant restoration of customers will not occur until the floodwaters have receded and crews have completed damage assessments of the inundated network.”
Flood continues to rise
The Bureau of Meteorology tweeted:
“Atmospheric conditions are ripe for tornadoes and waterspouts around Townsville, Ayr, Bowen,’’ it said. “On Doppler radar they show up as red-blue ‘couplets’ like these near Alva Beach. Damaging to destructive winds are possible in these intense storm cells.’’
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill states “We still don’t know how much more rain will fall in the catchment,’’ she said.
“It is quite dangerous.”