TOP UP: Noosa’s water supply with Lake Macdonald (pictured) after the recent heavy rain.
TOP UP: Noosa’s water supply with Lake Macdonald (pictured) after the recent heavy rain. Geoff Potter

A dam good lot of inflow

FALLS of up to 250mm in Noosa's hinterland areas like Black Mountain have broken the drought and because of the big summer dry there has been no repeat of savage flash flooding as experienced previously in Cooroy and Kin Kin.

Noosa disaster co-ordinator Alan Rogers said there were up to 10 road closures as of Friday morning as rains eased off, with some water in yards in Rifle St at Pomona.

Callers to local radio stations on Friday morning reported falls of around 200mls at Tewantin and Doonan, with one property owner at Doonan saying that her dam, which was empty on Tuesday, was now spilling over.

Amazingly on Friday Lake Macdonald was sitting at 86% capacity, up 32% in just a week after inflows of 301mm

Mr Rogers was pleased that the rain event was nothing like in recent years.

"There has been nothing hugely dramatic," Mr Rogers said Friday morning, "the areas most affected were Pomona, Black Mountain and Kin Kin.

"There were reports of 250mm at Black Mountain since 9am yesterday."

"We'd had very little rain all summer, so it soaked it up and the creeks only went to minor to moderate levels of flooding in some areas."

Mr Rogers said at 7am Friday 10 Noosa roads were closed and less than two hours later that was down to five. "We'll be standing down at 9 o'clock, but we'll be keeping an eye on those predicted thunder storms," he said.

"But 250mm will break the drought and for the Noosa Council Local Disaster Coordination Centre it's been a really good exercise to run."

Mr Rogers said there were "a few hiccups but generally it was pretty good" with the centre operations.

The road closures late on Thursday were at Pomona with Subway Ave, Hill St, Exhibition St, Mill St, Ringtail Ck Rd, Station St, Louis Bazzo and Sankey's Rd affected.


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