LDMG Advice No. 16 - 25 October 2022 - 3.30pm


LDMG Advice No 16 - 25 October 2022 - 3.30pm

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


Bureau of Meteorology [BOM] advice issued 2.48pm EDT 25/10/2022 – Major flooding is occurring at Mungindi. The Barwon River may reach around 7.8m during early next week, with major flooding to continue until mid-November. Barwon River at Mungindi was at 7.47m and steady at 3.00pm this morning. Both Moree Plains Regional Council and Balonne Shire Council have crew and equipment on hand to monitor the levee bank and pumps in place.

Mungindi is highly likely to become isolated from St George. The Carnarvon Highway to Moree is now closed. Caloona Boomi Road closed to Goondiwindi. Talwood Mungindi Road closed.

The supermarket is expecting resupply tomorrow. NSW SES and Balonne Shire are working together for a resupply of bread. It's important that residents make sure they have sufficient supplies to see them through an extended period of isolation from both Moree and St George.

Garbage services will be disrupted and therefore skip bins have been placed in town for residents to dispose of general waste.

Vector control will occur as access and weather permits.

Storm warnings are still current across the region and may impact further on the BOM forecasts.


BOM Issued 1.30pm 25/10/2022 – Minor flooding is occurring at Flinton. Rising slowly at Nindigully over the next few days – likely to peak Sunday morning at minor (2.2m).

Thallon is expected to remain below minor flood level of 4m. Further rises are possible with scattered showers and thunderstorms across the region.


BOM Issued 2.11pm 25/10/2022 - Moderate to Major flooding is continuing on the Balonne River to Surat. Beardmore Dam is currently discharging at 40,000ML per day with the same from Jack Taylor Weir. The Balonne River at St George is expected to remain above the minor flood level (6.00 m) for the next few days, with further rises possible.


BOM Issued 2.11pm 25/10/2022 - The Balonne River Minor at Dirranbandi may exceed the minor flood level (4.00 m) during Thursday and may reach the moderate flood level (4.30 m) during Friday with further rises possible. The Bokhara River at Hebel is currently at 1.03 metres and steady, with minor flooding (minor flood level is 1.00 metres). The Bokhara River at Hebel is expected to remain above the minor flood level (1.00 m) with rises to the moderate flood level (1.50 m) possible from mid-next week.


BOM Issued 2.30pm 25/10/2022 - Wallam Creek at Bollon was last observed around midday Tuesday at 0.50 metres and steady at the minor flood level. The Wallam Creek at Bollon is expected to be peaking around the minor flood level (0.50 metres) and fall below minor flood level overnight.


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:

  • Balonne Highway (to Bollon) – open
  • Barwon Highway to Goondiwindi is closed to all traffic
  • Carnarvon Highway (to Mungindi) – water over road and roadworks in various locations between St George and Mungindi – proceed with caution
  • Carnarvon Highway between Mungindi to Moree is closed to all traffic note: The Border Carnarvon Highway / The Border Carnarvon Highway (Collarenebri Mungindi Road) / The Border Carnarvon Highway (Norton Road) are closed
  • Carnarvon Highway (to Surat) – open
  • Castlereagh Highway (Hebel – Dirranbandi) – water over road and road damaged at various locations – proceed with caution
  • Mitchell – St George Road – water over road - proceed with caution
  • Moonie Highway – water over road in various locations– proceed with caution

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 - warnings and river height bulletins are also available at www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood. Traffic updates for Queensland: https://qldtraffic.qld.gov.au/. And check for NSW road conditions at https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/live-traffic-nsw.

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