LDMG Advice No. 11 - 20 October 2022 - 4.00pm


ADVICE NO. 11 - 20 October 2022 –4:00pm

This is an update from the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) for the Balonne Shire.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has advised  Weather Warning issued at 1:34pm Thursday, 20 October 2022. Severe thunderstorms are continuing across parts of Queensland, and are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding
over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Roma, Charleville, St George, Croydon, Carnarvon National Park and Mungindi.

  • Severe thunderstorm activity will contract east and become less likely from Friday.
  • Catchments across central and southern Queensland have had periods of rain over the last few days and weeks, and many catchments across the Flood Watch area remain relatively wet from this earlier flooding.
  • River and creek level rises, and at least minor flooding, are likely in many rivers and creeks across the Flood Watch area. This is likely to impact on road transport and access in the later this week and into next week.


Issued 3:23pm 20/10/2022
Barwon River at Mungindi was at 6.43m and steady at 2.00pm Thursday 20/10/2022.
Council crew and equipment remain on hand to monitor the levee bank.



Issued 3:23pm 20/10/2022
Flooding likely to remain near minor level at Nindigully overnight Thursday.
Moonie River at Nindigully Bridge 2.10m and steady at 9:00am Thursday 20/10/2022
Minor flooding possible at Thallon Bridge from Friday.
Rainfall totals up to 40 mm were observed in the Moonie River catchment in the 24 hours to 9:00 am Wednesday, followed by further totals of between 5-20 mm in the 24 hours to 9:00 am Thursday. This rainfall is expected to have caused river level rises which are likely to continue into Friday.


Issued 11:57am 19/10/2022
River rises downstream of Beardmore Dam are expected to slowly develop over the next few days. The Balonne River at St George may reach the minor flood level (6.00m) during this weekend from forecast rainfall.


Issued 11:57am 19/10/2022
Small rises may continue in the Balonne River system. There is a minor flood warning on the Balonne River system with the Bokhara River at Hebel currently at 0.95m (below


There is water over road at flood ways or low-lying areas across the region. These are expected to recede if no further rainfall occurs. Travellers are asked to proceed with caution:

  • Castlereagh Highway (Hebel – Dirranbandi) – water over road and road damaged at various locations – proceed with caution
  • Carnarvon Highway (to Mungindi) – water over road and roadworks in various locations between St George and Mungindi – proceed with caution
  • Balonne Highway (to Bollon) – open
  • Moonie Highway (hazard notified approximately 25 kms east of Moonie) – proceed with caution
  • Mitchell – St George Road – open
  • Carnarvon Highway (to Surat) – open

Heading in and out of New South Wales across our border towns of Hebel and Mungindi, please monitor road conditions carefully due to major flooding occurring in parts of New South Wales. Please use extreme caution as many roads have pavement damage.
Transport for NSW have advised:

  • Castlereagh Hwy between Walgett and Coonamble is now open to all vehicles with caution, still water over road in various locations.

Remember road conditions can change without notice


Stay up to date by subscribing to the Emergency Dashboard https://emergency.balonne.qld.gov.au/ for all the latest weather and road conditions.
The dashboard includes links to www.bom.gov.au/qld and https://qldtraffic.qld.gov.au/. Check Live Traffic NSW https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/live-traffic-nsw for NSW road conditions.
In an emergency dial 000 or SES on 132500. For more information phone Council on (07) 4620 8888 - this includes after-hours service.

Remember if its flooded forget it.

Councillor Samantha O’Toole