LDMG Advice No. 17 - 27 October 2022 - 3.30pm


LDMG Advice No. 17  - 27 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] advise that weather is expected to be dry over the coming three days and then a further rain system will move across from Sunday with isolated showers and thunderstorms of up to 40mm. This may change predictions depending on the rainfall in the catchments.


BOM advice issued 11.00am EST 27/10/2022

Major flooding is occurring at Mungindi with a height of 7.61m. The Barwon River may reach around 7.8m during early next week, with major flooding to continue until mid-November. 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. The supermarket has been fully stocked along with the service stations for fuel. Residents should prepare for isolation.

Garbage services will be disrupted and skip bins have been placed in town for residents to dispose of general waste. A garbage collection will be notified via social media pending accessibility. 

Vector control will occur as access and weather permits.



BOM Issued 1.30pm 25/10/2022

Minor flooding is occurring along the Moonie River downstream of Flinton. The Moonie River at Nindigully was 2.45 metres at 10 am

Thursday and rising slowly, above the minor flood level. The Moonie River at Nindigully is likely to remain above the minor flood level (2.20 m) into the weekend.

The Moonie River at Thallon Bridge was last recorded at 3.05 metres around 6 pm Wednesday and falling, below the minor flood level. The Moonie River at Thallon Bridge is likely to remain below the minor flood level (4.00 m) into the weekend. Further rises are likely as floodwaters from upstream arrive, however renewed minor flooding is unlikely.

Carnarvon Highway is being monitored for water over the road with the Moonie River rises and could close without notice.


BOM Issued 1.25pm 27/10/2022

The Balonne River at Beardmore Dam has a discharge of 32,000ML per day and not expected to increase above 40,000ML over the coming days. 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 1.25pm 27/10/2022

There is no current river level for Balonne River Minor at Dirranbandi, but river levels are expected to be around the minor flood level (4.00 metres) and rising Thursday afternoon. The Balonne River Minor at Dirranbandi may reach the moderate flood level (4.30 m) during Friday with further rises possible.

The Bokhara River at Hebel is currently at 1.08 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..


No warnings current. Flood watch may occur into Sunday/Monday depending on the expected rainfall.


Bollon Dirranbandi Road has now closed

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 with caution water over road (75km west of St George)
• 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 Note: may close without notice as river rises from upstream flows
• Mitchell – St George Road – water over road - proceed with caution
• Moonie Highway – water over road in various locations– proceed with caution
– Note: east of Westmar pavement damage beneath water over road

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 it's flooded, forget it.

Councillor Samantha O’Toole