Rain clouds to vanish this weekend

SUN RETURNS: Mount Isa residents may be able to whip out their barbecues once again this weekend.
SUN RETURNS: Mount Isa residents may be able to whip out their barbecues once again this weekend.

Mount Isa residents may be able to whip out their barbecues once again this weekend. 

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts a 10 per cent chance of rain on Saturday and only five per cent on Sunday. 

Rain is still predicted for the rest of Thursday and Friday. 

Sunny skies are also expected to grace Cloncurry this weekend.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) swift water rescue crews remain on standby to assist in any floodwater emergencies in Mount Isa, Cloncurry and Julia Creek.

Emergency Serviced minister Craig Crawford said there was localised flooding around Winton, while Burketown and Doomadgee were inaccessible by road.

“In the past few days, there has been a significant amount of rainfall landing in the Gulf, and areas out to the back off Townsville and down into Channel Country,” Mr Crawford said.

“The big issue out there is that this country is really flat, so where the water lands – it stays, at can take quite a long time for it to move through.

“We have reports two communities are isolated – Burketown and Doomadgee,” he said.

“While there have not been any requests for food or supply drops at this point, we are in contact with the local councils and if there is a call then we will look at bringing in essential supplies.”

Isolated properties around Winton may require supplies of essentials in about a week if roads remain closed there.

“Around Richmond, where there has been a large amount of damage to the road network, food drops may be required on some isolated properties within the next 48 hours,” Mr Crawford said.

“This will be done at a local level. The local disaster management group will have to call for food drops, and in an extreme situation these could be carried out using helicopters.

“Our swift water rescue crews remain on standby in Cloncurry, Julia Creek and Mount Isa, where agencies are reporting they are low on diesel,” he said. 

“While our emergency services have a large quantity they can access, I’m certainly asking people not to panic buy. If you don’t need to fill up today, then don’t.”​

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Police have given the all clear for motorists wanting to take the Landsborough Highway between Longreach and Winton. 

“This road is now open with caution required near Mills Creek and Jessamine Creek about 5km south of Winton,” a police spokesman said. 

“Traffic is restricted to one lane controlled by traffic signals due to shoulder damage on the road.”

The section of the highway between Winton and Kynuna is expected to be opened this afternoon once repair and clean-up work is completed near Wokingham Creek.