Flood Warning for the Condamine Balonne

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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland

Major Flood Warning for the Balonne River and Flood Warning for the Condamine River

Issued at 11:53 am EST on Thursday 26 May 2022

Flood Warning Number: 21

MAJOR FLOOD PEAK AROUND 9.5 METRES LIKELY AT SURAT FRIDAY AFTERNOON

EXTENDED MAJOR FLOOD PEAK OCCURRING AT DIRRANBANDI, WITH MODERATE FLOODING RISING AT HEBEL

MINOR FLOODING STEADY AT ST GEORGE, RENEWED RISES EXPECTED BY THE WEEKEND

Separate flood peaks are continuing to move through the Balonne River system, with a major flood peak in the Dirranbandi area and a smaller major flood peak further upstream between Warkon and Surat.

No significant rainfall was recorded over the Condamine-Balonne catchments in the 24 hours to 9:00 am Thursday. Showers and thunderstorms are possible during Thursday, particularly over the lower Balonne catchment. Widespread significant rainfall is not expected, though small renewed river level rises are possible in areas of higher rainfall.

Condamine River downstream of Warwick to Loudoun Bridge:

Minor flood levels remain steady in the Loudoun Bridge area, with river levels below minor flood levels elsewhere.

Condamine River downstream of Loudoun Bridge to Cotswold:

Moderate flooding is easing at Cotswold, following a major flood peak on Tuesday.

Balonne River to Surat:

A major flood peak is currently located between Warkon and Surat.

The Balonne River at Warkon is currently at 10.19 metres and steady around an extended major flood peak. The river level is expected to ease slowly over the next few days but the Balonne River at Warkon is likely to remain above the major flood level (9.00 m) into the weekend.

The Balonne River at Surat is currently at 9.02 metres and rising, with major flooding. The Balonne River at Surat is likely to peak near 9.50 metres Friday afternoon, lower than the recent peak of 10.75 metres observed on 18th May .

Balonne River downstream of Surat to Beardmore Dam:

Renewed rises and moderate flooding are occurring along the Balonne River at Weribone as floodwater from upstream arrives. Downstream, river levels are easing to Beardmore Dam.

The Balonne River at Warroo is currently at 7.78 metres (below minor) and falling slowly. Renewed river level rises are likely along the Balonne River at Warroo by late Thursday. The Balonne River at Warroo may reach the minor flood level (9.00 m) over the weekend. A peak prediction will be provided once upstream peaks are recorded.

Balonne River downstream of Beardmore Dam:

Minor to major flooding is occurring along the Balonne River downstream of Beardmore Dam.

Based on the nearby automatic station, the Balonne River at St George is expected to be just above the minor flood level (6.00 m) and steady. The Balonne River at St George is expected to remain just above the minor flood level (6.00 m) during Thursday and into Friday. Renewed river level rises are likely from later Friday and into the weekend as upstream floodwaters arrive.

The Balonne River Minor at Dirranbandi is currently at 5.06 metres and approaching an extended major flood peak. Further small rises to around 5.10 metres are possible during Thursday into Friday before the river level begins to ease slowly. The Balonne River Minor at Dirranbandi is expected to remain above the major flood level (4.80 m) into the weekend.

The Bokhara River at Hebel is currently at 1.52 metres and steady, with moderate flooding. River level rises are expected to continue, with major flooding possible from early next week as upstream floodwaters continue to arrive. A peak prediction will be provided when upstream peaks are observed.

Flood Safety Advice:

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it. For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500. For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Current emergency information is available at www.qld.gov.au/alerts

Next Issue:

The next warning will be issued by 01:00 pm EST on Friday 27 May 2022.

Latest River Heights:

Location Height of River (m) Tendency Date/Time of Observation
Condamine R at Cecil Plains TM 4.64 Steady 11:00 AM THU 26/05/22
Condamine R at Loudoun Br Alert 6.18 Steady 09:34 AM THU 26/05/22
Myall Ck at Dalby Alert 0.65 Steady 08:48 AM THU 26/05/22
Condamine R at Brigalow Br TM 5.37 Falling 11:00 AM THU 26/05/22
Condamine R at Chinchilla Weir TW TM 4.32 Steady 11:00 AM THU 26/05/22
Charleys Creek at Chinchilla Alert 2.47 Steady 09:46 AM THU 26/05/22
Condamine R at Condamine Township Alert 3.90 Rising 11:51 AM THU 26/05/22
Condamine R at Cotswold TM 10.05 Falling 11:20 AM THU 26/05/22
Dogwood Ck at Miles Alert 4.29 Rising 11:43 AM THU 26/05/22
Balonne R at Surat (manual) 9.02 Rising 08:00 AM THU 26/05/22
Balonne R at Weribone TM 9.25 Steady 11:00 AM THU 26/05/22
Balonne R at Warroo TM 7.78 Steady 10:00 AM THU 26/05/22
Maranoa R at Forest Vale TM -0.08 Falling 11:29 AM THU 26/05/22
Maranoa R at Old Cashmere TM 1.82 Steady 10:00 AM THU 26/05/22
Balonne R at Beardmore Dam TM 0.07 Steady 11:00 AM THU 26/05/22
Balonne R at Jack Taylor Weir TM -0.03 Steady 07:10 AM THU 26/05/22
Culgoa R at Whyenbah TM 6.28 Steady 10:00 AM THU 26/05/22
Culgoa R at Woolerbilla TM 5.79 Rising 10:00 AM THU 26/05/22
Balonne R Minor at Dirranbandi 5.06 Rising 07:15 AM THU 26/05/22
Narran R at Dirranbandi-Hebel Rd TM 4.46 Steady 11:00 AM THU 26/05/22
Bokhara R at Hebel TM 1.52 Steady 11:00 AM THU 26/05/22

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 210. Warning, rainfall and river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood. The latest weather forecast is available at www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts.