The McIntyre River at 2.30pm was 8metres and rising very slowly.
Like the last flood one week ago, the volume of water in the river would not normally be attributed to an 8 metre flood, however the vegetation present from a great winter season has not allowed breakouts into creeks like the Whalan and others and in general is keeping the water within the banks instead of allowing breakout overland flows.
The Friday night rain received upstream has caught up with the initial flood which will cause the flood height to remain at peak levels for longer than would normally be anticipated.The river height at Goondiwindi is expected to Peak at close to 8.2 metres and stay high for at least 24 hours.
The Goondiwindi Regional Council has closed the storm water drainage gates of the town at 7 metres and in the event of a severe down pour, the pumps will be engaged to relieve any internal flooding that may occur. Staff will continue to monitor river levels and drainage pumps to ensure that they remain effective. I must stress, at the current levels, there is no cause for concern for Goondiwindi residents.
Obviously rural property owners downstream of Goondiwindi will need to monitor the situation as it develops however at these levels there is no cause for alarm for the urban townships. Most roads remain open but motorist are encouraged to exercise caution as quite a bit of surface damage has occurred to road surfaces (especially the Gore and Cunningham Highways) due to the extended wet period.
Council crews have worked tirelessly over the weekend and major patching has occurred but there are numerous places where minor patching will still cause significant inconvenience until repaired. All river camping should have been evacuated by this stage as access becomes harder to gain and if not, all river campers are encouraged to leave the river site with the prediction of more rain.
The Goondiwindi Regional Council is constantly in contact with BOM as well as gathering local knowledge in an effort to keep interested parties updated. The Goondiwindi Regional Council website (www.goondiwindirc.qld.gov.au) will be updated with more information or refer to (www.bom.gov.au) for more up to date information.
MAgain I stress, the current levels cause no need for concern or panic.