News

Rain drenches region

Businesses along McDowall St, Roma were flooded after about 70mm of rain hit the town in less than an hour.
Businesses along McDowall St, Roma were flooded after about 70mm of rain hit the town in less than an hour. Contributed

BUSINESS owners in Roma were caught off guard late Wednesday night when another heavy deluge caused Railway Dam to burst its banks for the second night in a row.

Many businesses and homes in the centre of town experienced flash flooding after 65mm of rain fell in less than half an hour.

Police blocked roads to stop vehicles travelling through the floodwater and pushing more water into shops and businesses.

The Reject Shop store manager Trish Jamieson said the damage would have been more manageable except for inconsiderate motorists.

"We were in the middle of night fill when the rain hit, so we were lucky we were here when it happened," she said.

"The most frustrating part was whenever someone drove past to have a look they just pushed more water in."

Council workers and fire crews spent yesterday morning cleaning up mud and debris scattered throughout the town.

Downstream at St George, river levels are expected to exceed the major level of six metres at the weekend with a major flood peak expected early next week of at least 7.5m.

The week's rainfall on the Darling Downs, however, has come as a blessing for farmers.

The dry November followed by this week's rain has given wheat farmers enough time to harvest while also allowing them to use the same fields for other crops.

Cecil Plains farmer Graham Clapham said because of the rain he can now begin looking for other produce to farm.

"With the amount of rain we have had on the wheat fields we just harvested, we should be able to get a good crop of soy beans going over the summer months," he said.

Mr Clapham said as long as the rainfall was not as heavy as last year, this summer could be very prosperous for farmers around the Darling Downs.

Toowoomba residents can expect showers throughout the weekend, with a chance of thunderstorms developing on Sunday afternoon.

Topics:  businesses flood rain roma weather


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Bite into Aussie Day feast

AUSSIE DAY FEAST: Executive chef from Fish D'vine Hanzel Martinez, Fish D'vine's Kev Collins, Ken Hooper head chef at Capers, Cr Jan Clifford and head chef from Mangrove Jacks Brad Martin prepare for the Great Australian Bites food festival coming this Australia Day.

It will be foodie heaven in Airlie Beach this Australia Day.

Prime spot ready for next stage

STUNNING: The view from Airlie Summit.

Airlie Summit is on the move.

TAFE option offers alternate uni path

RIGHT PATH: TAFE Queensland North Whitsundays student Tanika Nightingale will soon graduate.

Local TAFE student is excited about her future.

Local Partners

'Daylight saving over my dead body': Costigan

Jason Costigan said he would push for the state of North Queensland if daylight savings went ahead.

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

The surprising problem police face at Woodford Folk Festival

STREET SCENE: Woodford Folk Festival 2016.

The biggest issue for police at Woodfordia is not what you'd expect

Woodford Folk Festival on track to smash records

Monsieur Camembert performs at Woodford Folk Festival.

Great artists, perfect weather the perfect recipe for Woodford

50 Shades actress on why she hates the film

Dornan and Johnson’s frequent sex scenes were ‘awkward’ to film. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Jamie Dornan doesn’t blame you for hating 50 Shades

Chris Hemsworth’s X-rated compliment to former co-star

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth poses on the red carpet for the European premiere of the film 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in London on April 21, 2015.

THOR star once paid former Home and Away actress a lewd compliment.

Hilarious flick to cap off holidays

GOING NUTS: 360 on Flagstaff Cafe at Bowen is holding an outdoor movie night on January 21.

Catch the movie sending kids 'nuts'

'I can't keep my mouth shut any longer'

Singer George Michael.

George Michael’s cousin blasts singer’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz.

Fresh faces: NCIS gets a shake up with new cast members

The new cast of NCIS, from left, Rocky Carroll, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Brian Dietzen, Wilmer Valderrama, Emily Wickersham, Mark Harmon, Duane Henry and Jennifer Esposito.

THREE new characters join naval drama for season 14.

First the Onesie, now an Xbox One S inflatable controller

Fancy an inflatable Xbox One S controller?

Inflatable controller 'perfect sidekick' for Australia Day party

Prime spot ready for next stage

STUNNING: The view from Airlie Summit.

Airlie Summit is on the move.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

What a year 2016 proved to be

Entrance Island, Birtinya

Get the inside info from the agents themselves

REVEALED: What Coast wants in an international airport

Sunshine Coast business people share their views on what's needed

Time for a cool change

43 Eckersley Ave, Buderim.

Family home goes to the auction floor

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!