Flash flooding likely as monsoonal low brings days of rain to north-west Queensland

| 24.01,20. 02:29 PM |




Flash flooding likely as monsoonal low brings days of rain to north-west Queensland


Photo: Storm clouds roll over Morvada Station 70km west of Hughenden. (Supplied: Tanya Christensen)


Queensland's north west is expected to get days of storms which are likely to cause flash flooding, bringing new hope to graziers who've been waiting years for substantial falls.

The first of the rain came overnight — Richmond in north-west Queensland had 38 millimetres since 9:00am yesterday, Lower Creek in the Gulf Country received 25mm, and Longreach had 40mm.

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecaster Peter Markworth said the rain was being generated by a monsoonal low sitting over the Northern Territory.

"We're getting plenty of moisture coming in from the Gulf of Carpentaria, that is associated with showers and storms, with the possibility of some of those being severe for heavy rain fall," Mr Markworth said.

"It is possible that some of those storms can drop quite a bit of rainfall in a short amount of time which could, and most likely will, cause flash flooding under the bulk of that rain and nearby."

BOM expects the showers and storms to continue.

"That seems to be pretty consistent over the weekend especially in the north and over the Gulf Country going through the Goldfields, central west and north west," Mr Markworth said.

"For the south west there is a trough sitting just at the top of the Chanel Country, it does seem to be restricting most of the rainfall to the south as we get the southerlies with a lot of dust," he said.

"But to the north of that trough it does look like much better news with a much higher chance of rainfall above that trough just sitting north of the Gulf Country at the moment.

"The best rain almost certainly will be up towards the Gulf Country and potentially over towards the Cairns and Townsville regions."

Rain won't stop goldfish race

Camooweal grazier Will Seymour said he was feeling optimistic about the rain after missing out on decent falls for the last two years.

"Everyone's been waiting on it, they haven't just been waiting on it for two weeks, we've been waiting for a couple of years," Mr Seymour said.

"It's never a good thing seeing the bottom of dams, so hopefully we don't have to see it again for a while."

The town on the Queensland-Northern Territory Border is holding lawnmower and goldfish races at the pub for Australia Day and Mr Seymour said the rain won't dampen their spirits.

"We'd have contingency plans, if you've got a pub and a bar then what else do you need?" he said.

"It wouldn't even stop us; we'd just do it in the rain."

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