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.

Have your say on council decisions

Mayor of the Whitsudnay Regional Council Andrew Willcox.

Council invites community input on decision making.

Good breeze to finish Hamo Race Week

Saturday's racing action from Hamiliton Island Race Week 2016.

Fresh trade winds blow for final day of racing on Hamiliton Island.

Triathlon champion takes the cake

ATHLETES: Triathlon champions Max Neumann and Sam Betten competed in the Colorbond Airlie Beach Triathlon this morning. Photo Inge Hansen / Whitsunday Times.

Another strong race from Sam Betten and Max Neumann

Latest deals and offers

Variety Bash celebration heads to Hamo

To celebrate a year of fundraising the Variety Bash has headed to Hamilton Island for two nights

Have your say on council decisions

Mayor of the Whitsudnay Regional Council Andrew Willcox.

Council invites community input on decision making.

Good breeze to finish Hamo Race Week

Saturday's racing action from Hamiliton Island Race Week 2016.

Fresh trade winds blow for final day of racing on Hamiliton Island.

Triathlon champion takes the cake

ATHLETES: Triathlon champions Max Neumann and Sam Betten competed in the Colorbond Airlie Beach Triathlon this morning. Photo Inge Hansen / Whitsunday Times.

Another strong race from Sam Betten and Max Neumann

Injury no match for our local athletes

KEEN ATHLETE: Darren Wadsworth competed in the Sprint Distance Individual Mens section of the Colorbond Airlie Beach Triathlon this morning.Photo Inge Hansen / Whitsunday Times.

Our triathlon competitors came out strong this morning

Kids 'tri' and they succeed

READY SET GO: About 160 kids were involved in the Ergon Energy Kidzpower Triathlon this afternoon in Airlie Beach and they all had a blast. Photo Inge Hansen / Whitsunday Times.

Kids competed in the Airlie Beach Triathlon this morning

Die-hard fan's 34 magic Gympie Muster years

STICK AROUND FOR A BEER: Mal Williams has been at every Gympie Muster for 34 years.

Mal Williams has only missed one Muster in 35 years - the first one

Diva's sister on soliciting charge

FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file photo, Mariah Carey attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, in New York. Carey will appear on the Oct. 5 episode of the Fox series, \"Empire,\" the network confirmed Monday at a TV critics bi-annual press tour. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Mariah Carey's sister has been arrested on charges of prostitution.

Tom Cruise private jets his gym kit around the world

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise charters private to take his gym kit around the world

Movie behind Depp and Heard split to be released

Soon you'll be able to see the movie that ended the marriage

Bindi's boyfriend helps release huge croc

Chandler (far right) helped the jump team.

Chandler Powell helps catch Duncan the croc

Mick Jagger to pay £2.5m to the woman carrying his baby

Mick Jagger is reportedly paying millions to pregnant ballerina

Navy man Keller ready to marry a perfect stranger

Former Navy engineer Keller is a participant in season three of Married At First Sight.

Tattoos are just the surface of Married At First Sight groom.

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa