The Mitchell River covers the highway coming into town.
The Mitchell River covers the highway coming into town. Contributed

Mitchell goes on flood alert

PREMIER Anna Bligh has declared a disaster situation for the flood-affected township of Mitchell.

The declaration comes after advice from the Bureau of Meteorology that the Maranoa River will rise to a possible height of 9 metres today.

"The declaration gives Emergency Services agencies and Police the power of mandatory evacuations if required," Ms Bligh said.

"The situation at Mitchell, situated on the Maranoa River between Charleville and Roma, continues to be managed by local disaster management groups.

"There is currently water in one property and the river continues to rise.

"An Emergency Alert flood message has been issued for Mitchell residents from the Maranoa Regional Council.

"Residents in low lying areas are advised to consider self evacuation to higher ground where possible.

"Evacuation centres have been set up at the RSL Sports Ground.

"Residents are advised to contact 1300 007 662 or monitor the Maranoa Regional Council website www.maranoa.qld.gov.au for more information."

Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said heavy rain was expected to develop across parts of inland Queensland today, with localised 24 hour totals in excess of 100mm likely

"This continued rainfall could potentially worsen any existing flooding and/or cause localised flash flooding.

"I urge impacted residents to contact the State Emergency Service for assistance on 132 500."

Mr Roberts said an Emergency Alert was issued in Charleville last night, where Bradley's Gully peaked at 1.75 metres at around 2am.

"Evacuation centres were established in Charleville where residents were urged to leave their homes early if threatened by flooding," he said.

"Fortunately, waters rose less than expected, with no water going back through previously affected properties.

"I am advised that all but three families are expected to be back in their homes by the end of today."



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