Thursday, 2 April 2020
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Gap flooding, welcome rain

ROADSIDE gutters choked with debris sent a flood of water, branches and rocks over the road following a heavy storm near the top of Cunningham’s Gap and led to the overnight closure of the highway on Friday.

In a storm described as a ‘cloudburst’  hit the area from the Gap to the west on Friday evening and caused a slew of debris to slide down the mountainside into the roadside drains. The drains filled quickly and water and debris was pushed out onto the highway in several areas between the top of the Gap and the helipad.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads closed the highway between the intersection of Lake Moogerah Road and Tregony (on the Warwick side of the Gap) until the flooding subsided and the road was cleared.

The welcome news  was the rain which fell in the period between Wednesday and Sunday.

According to the Bureau of Metereology’s various automated rainfall stations the following are the totals from localities across the Fassifern:

• Boonah - 83mm

• Cannon Creek - 121.6mm 

• Carney’s Creek - 137.2mm

• Croftby - 107mm

• Harrisville - 51.1

• Kalbar - 55.4mm

• Maroon Dam - 116.9mm

• Mt Alford - 123.4mm

• Palen Creek - 276mm

• Wilson’s Peak - 46mm

• Wyaralong Dam - 67mm