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Charleville hope

Saturday, 22nd February, 2020

Heavy rainfall is expected to fall on Charleville. Heavy rainfall is expected to fall on Charleville.

By Myles Burt

The Warrego River could provide crucial flows for Darling River communities as 50 to 100mm are forecasted to fall over Charleville, Queensland.

The Early Warning Network has issued a pre-emptive flood warning for the southern Queensland interior. The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting a significant amount of rainfall to pour over Charleville and the Warrego Catchment this weekend. 

The Warrego River is a tributary to the Darling River, meeting just below Bourke.

“We have a surface trough drifting west and some pretty strong north-easterly flow that’ll bring lots of moisture in,” a BOM spokesperson said.

“It’ll really be helped by that upper trough just over the Channel Country drifting across.

“It’ll create a bit of a hot zone right over that Maranoa/Warrego district.”

The BOM said rainfall in the Warrego Catchment has a 10 per cent chance of peaking over the expected forecast of 50 to 100ml.

“Certainly 50 to 100ml over the weekend,” the spokesperson said.

“But we could see falls up to 200mm in isolated locations, so yeah quite significant.”

The BOM said the rain event even had a chance of reaching the Condamine-Balonne catchment area over St George, which could provide further flows into the Murray Darling Basin.

The BOM said St George was expected to receive 20 to 30mm of rain with the potential to reach a high of 50 and 60mm.

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