A major flood warning remained in place for the Ross River, and it was expected to peak at 11am, with residents in surrounding low-lying Townsville suburbs still at risk. Hundreds of millimetres rain and destructive winds were also expected across the region on Monday.
The Bureau of Meteorology also forecasted more rain and potential flooding in some central regions between Mount Isa and Mackay over the coming days.
“We’ve just seen the wettest week on record in Townsville with more than 1000mm of rain falling – and it’s not over yet. This situation is unprecedented,” she said.
“The system will also impact other parts of the north and central Queensland regions in the coming days.
“We’re expecting communities along the Flinders Highway to cop falls of between 100mm and 200mm of rain, with the Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Central Coast and Whitsunday districts likely to receive up to 300mm.
“The conditions are changing rapidly, so if you’re in one of the areas which will likely be hit by more rain in the coming hours and days, make sure you heed the warnings and stay safe.”
With more than 130 roads closed across Queensland, the latest updates could be found at roadconditions.racq.com.au.