LDMG  Advice No. 12 - 21 October 2022 – 4:00pm


LDMG  ADVICE NO. 12 - 21 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:

  • Severe thunderstorms with large hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall will be possible across central, southern and southeast Queensland today and into Saturday.
  • A Flood Watch is current for catchments across central and southern Queensland. Minor to Moderate Flood Warnings are current for various other catchments across southern and western Queensland.


Issued 2:12pm 21/10/2022

Barwon River at Mungindi was at 6.79m and rising at 1.00pm Friday 21/10/2022 and may reach around 7.00m during Sunday. Further rises are possible. Council crew and equipment remain on hand to monitor the levee bank.


Issued 3:31pm 21/10/2022

Rainfall totals up to 40 mm were observed in the Moonie River catchment in the 24 hours to 9:00 am Wednesday, followed by 5-20 mm to 9:00 am Thursday and 10-35 mm to 9:00 am Friday. This rainfall has caused river level rises in the Nindigully area which are expected to extend downstream towards Thallon Bridge over the weekend. River levels are not expected to rise significantly over the weekend, but the situation will be monitored and warnings updated as required.

The chance of showers and a thunderstorm is forecast for the remainder of Friday and Sunday, with clear conditions during Saturday.

Moonie River at Nindigully Bridge 2.10m and rising at 9:00am Friday 21/10/2022, just below the minor level (2.20m). A minor peak is likely during Saturday.

No local observations are available for the Monnie River at Thallon Bridge. However the river level is expected to be around the minor flood level (4.00m) and may remain around this level during Saturday. Further rises are possible.


Issued 12:43am 21/10/2022

River rises downstream from 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 Sunday from forecast rainfall.
Sunwater advice issued 3:56pm 21/10/2022 EJ Beardmore dam now discharging approx. 11,000ML/d. All persons who have pumps near the river are advised to monitor the height of the river and consider removal. Monitor weather and local conditions. For dam level updates visit https://bit.ly/BeardmoreStorageLevel


Issued 12:43am 21/10/2022

Small rises may continue in the Balonne River system. There is a minor flood warning on the Balonne River system with the Narran River at Dirranbandi-Hebel Rd currently at 2.90m and steady and the Bokhara River at Hebel at 0.98m and steady (below minor).


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 – water over road in various locations– proceed with caution
  • Mitchell – St George Road – water over road approximately 18km north of St George– proceed with caution
  • 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.

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 it's flooded, forget it.

Councillor Samantha O’Toole