The severe weather warning has been cancelled but with rivers still on the rise there are plenty of flood warnings across the North West.
Record flood levels are possible in the Flinders River at Richmond as major flooding continues to rise.
The BoM said the Flinders River at Richmond is currently at 8.45 metres and rising. It is possible with further rainfall that the Flinders River at Richmond may exceed the record flood level (8.76 metres) from 1974 overnight Wednesday into Thursday. The river level at Richmond is likely to remain above the major flood level (8m) during the next few days.
An update from this morning Richmond Shire Council said that at 4.16am February 7 the Flinders River at Richmond was 9.55m and rising.
“We are approaching the 1944 Flood record of 9.75m,” the Council said.
“At 3am February 7 the Flinders River at Hulberts Bridge was 12.14m and steady.”
Rainfall totals of 50-140 mm were recorded over parts of the Flinders River catchment in the 24 hours to 9 am Wednesday. A further 10-50 mm of rainfall has been recorded, mostly in the upper Flinders River, since 9:00 am Wednesday.
Further heavy rainfall is likely overnight Wednesday into Thursday and Flinders Shire Council has issued an alert for a likely third closure of the Ernest Henry Bridge at Hughenden.
Moderate to major flooding is continuing downstream of Richmond and will continue into next week. Very heavy rainfall over the past 24 hours will cause further significant rises.
The Flinders River at Walkers Bend is currently at 10.79 metres and rising. This is 5.4m over the Burke Development Road. River levels will continue to rise over the coming week and remain well above the major flood level (5.60 m) into next week.
The Flinders Hwy remains closed with the McKinlay Shire Council posting a photo showing severe damage to the Julia Creek Bridge Thursday morning. “Evidently, it will be some time before this bridge is back in order,” McKinlay Shire Council said.
“Can this also serve as a timely reminder to not drive through flood waters as you cannot see the damage to the road beneath.”
Elsewhere minor flood levels are easing on the Gregory River at Gregory Downs during Wednesday afternoon.
On the Leichhardt minor flood levels are continuing to ease at Kamilaroi and major flood levels are easing at Lorraine. Major flood levels are rising downstream at Augustus Downs and Floraville. On the upper Leichhardt River, Julius Dam continues to spill though levels are easing slowly.
Minor flooding is being recorded in the Cloncurry River at Cloncurry.
The Cloncurry River at Cloncurry is currently at 4.06 metres and steady, with minor flooding.
Light to moderate rain may continue at times through today.
SEE ALSO: Flood photos from across the region
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There is still the risk of isolated heavy falls with thunderstorms