Stephen Edgley's video of the Mitchell river, February 17 2021.
Stephen Edgley's video of the Mitchell river, February 17 2021.

Maranoa local captures footage of a gushing Mitchell river

Maranoa resident for close to three decades Stephen Edgley has experienced all sorts of conditions from severe drought to the 2010 floods, but his recent video of water gushing down the river in Mitchell has caught the attention of thrilled locals.

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Mr Edgley captured the video on Wednesday, February 17 after the much-welcomed downpour last weekend.

“Fortunately we saw some really good rain that weekend … it was heavy in Roma then out to Muckadilla, then Amby and Mitchell had good rain,” he said.

“We recorded about 41mm in one hit, in half an hour.

“Not sure exactly where the water comes from, but a lot of places up north recorded good amount of rain and I heard a few people couldn’t get to Injune from the Mt Moffat turn off.

“There were certainly some patchy areas, but most people received 74-84mm and I think it would head al the way south to St George and Bollon.”

The video was shared to the Who Got the Rain Facebook page and garnered over 26,000 views, 1100 likes and 70 comments.

You can view it on The Western Star’s Instagram page HERE.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Rosa Hoff confirmed the bulk of the rain occurred on Saturday, February 13 then overnight and early Sunday morning.

“The official Mitchell gauge recorded 46mm and there was quite a bit of rain around the area with Roma recording 96mm,” Ms Hoff said.

However, this week a heatwave is expected to hit southeast and central Queensland the hardest and will deliver similar temperatures to towns across the southwest.

BOM meteorologist Jonathan How said maximum temperatures about 6C to 12C above average can be expected from Monday, February 22.

Ms Hoff said the best chance of rain across the Maranoa is due Wednesday to Thursday and will ease back Friday and over the weekend with light showers expected.

“For Mitchell, generally expecting about 5-15mm of rain and 10-20mm for Roma,” Ms Hoff said.

“For Thursday, Mitchell is expected to see 2-12mm and Roma likely to receive less than 5mm as it starts to move to the west.

“This is caused by a trough bringing showers from southeastern Queensland tomorrow, then track inland and move over central and eastern Maranoa then spread further west from Thursday onwards.”

Roma and Mitchell should expect less than 5mm on Friday.

Charleville is forecast to see 0-7mm of rain on Wednesday and 5-15mm on Thursday.

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