It’s the wettest November in the Bundaberg region since 1934, with a number of local facilities and roads underwater today, and it’s raining more on the way.
After the humid start of the month, some parts of the region recorded on a single day over 200 mm – a strong comparison with the 1 mm measured for the entire month of November last year.
The popular Lake Ellen Park and some areas of the Botanical Garden are inaccessible due to water flooding.
Local Disaster Management Group chairman Jack Dempsey said motorists should be careful of a number of local and state roads that have been hit by flash floods.
“The easiest way to avoid a dangerous situation on the roads Avoiding wet weather is to drive appropriately, “said Mayor Dempsey.
” Even if you’re familiar with the road, you just don’t know what’s under the O. surface happens, and we have certainly seen in the past that roads have receded due to water currents.
“This also applies to parks and city council facilities. The safest practice is to avoid entering flash flood areas. “
Heavy rainfall has also inundated hiking trails in local natural areas across the region, including Baldwin Swamp and Barolin Nature Reserve.
There have been some impacts on the operation of the council’s sewer system, which staff are working on as a priority.
The network will continue to be monitored, but anyone who has problems with their sewer system should contact the council at 1300 883 699.
Climate researcher Tamika Tihema of the Bureau of Meteorology said the forecast indicated that more rain would come for the rest of November, completely beating current records.
“The current (open) location is Bundaberg Airport, which recorded the highest monthly rainfall in November 1974 at 227.4 mm, “said Tamika.
” The old (closed) location is the Bundaberg Post Office, i he recorded the highest monthly November precipitation between the two locations with 353.8 mm in November 1934. “
” This includes Moore Park 398 mm (on November 18 there were isolated extreme daily precipitation amounts of more than 200 mm reported), Bundaberg 395mm and Bundaberg South 352mm, “she said.
A La Niña declared by BOM earlier this week results in above-average humid conditions with an increased risk of tropical cyclones, heavy rains and more widespread Floods in Eastern Australia.
“In Queensland, a trough moves east, combined with a humid onshore air flow from north to northeast, resulting in showers and thunderstorms, some of which are always spread over large parts of eastern Queensland” she said.
“The La Niña has established itself in the tropical Pacific and is expected to last through January.”
In addition to the wet conditions, BOM reported that the region is likely to experience above average temperatures in the next few weeks.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Commissioner Greg Leach said the state rescue crews are responding to requests for help.
“The storm and cyclone season in Queensland has really started and we’ve seen several storms across the state in the past few weeks, “said Leach.
” With the rain forecast going into next week, I know our QFES staff will continue to do so to work, but I encourage everyone to take proactive steps to prepare for not just the days ahead but the weeks ahead.
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