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Cooper Creek and Flooding in Queensland, Australia – March 10th, 2010

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March 10th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

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Queensland has been experiencing great amounts of flooding recently. This image focuses on the swollen Cooper Creek, where a flood warning is in effect. Such warnings are in effect for the Bulloo, Georgina, Mary, Moonie, Paroo and Weir Rivers, as well as the Wallam, Mungallala and Eyre Creeks.

There are also warnings for the lower parts of the Diamantina, Condamine, Maranoa, Warrego, Thomson and Barcoo Rivers, as well as the Balonne River system and the Fitzroy River Basin (including the Dawson and Comet Rivers).

As of Monday, the 8th of March, floodwaters were expected to peak in at least three Queensland towns during the course of the night. However, although floodwaters are still threatening some homes and businesses in Queensland, authorities say the worst is over.

The Wallum Creek in the southern inland township of Bollon, west of St George, is continuing to rise and has already inundated 12 homes. However, according to the Queensland Flood Warning Centre it is not expected to go past the levels recorded a few days ago.

The centre says the Warrego River at the south-west town of Cunnamulla is steady at almost 10 metres. Fortunately, Cunnamulla has a levee and the State Emergency Service (SES) says no homes have been flooded.

Further west, the Bulloo River is predicted to peak at the south-west town of Thargomindah, while to the east, the Balonne River remains over 13 metres in St George. Flood levels at Thargomindah in the south west are steady at 6.5 metres.

Two houses were evacuated at Theodore in central Queensland last night and another 70 are still at risk of being inundated. River levels are still rising slowly at Dirranbandi near the New South Wales border but levies are holding.

In other places, floodwaters are gradually receding, allowing people in places such as Charleville, Roma and St George to begin cleanup efforts. Floodwaters dropped about half a metre at St George overnight.

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