Qld welcome rainfall but more needed

HEAVY rainfall has soaked central Queensland, with localised flash flooding a possibility for farmers.
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Rain gauges are filling up in parts of Queensland, but is it enough?

Alex Paull

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecast showers and thunderstorms would continue for much of the state, with the heaviest falls in the central coastal region from Rockhampton and Yeppoon extending south to Gladstone, and possibly as far south as Bundaberg on the southern fringe.

BOM has reported that localised flash flooding was a possibility with falls in the range, and it urged the public to exercise caution if caught in a heavy downpour and never walk, ride or drive through floodwaters.

Significant rainfall has been recorded in the state over the past week, with a number of locations recording rainfall in excess of 100mm. 

But graziers are still crying out for some rain to break the state’s most widespread drought in its history.

Over 87 per cent of the state is now drought-declared after the declaration of seven more drought-affected areas by Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne last week, including the Shire of Banana.

Banana Shire grazier Rodney Rideout told ABC Rural missing out on rain would mean he would have to consider destocking.

"We've only had seven millimetres in the last couple of days," he said.

"The forecast for today is looking promising, so I'd like that to come.

"This system is building up as though it will be our last chance [before winter]. You just couldn't believe it that we're in such a dry area and miss those storm cells."