Amazing Time-Lapse Of Flooded Qld Train Tracks Going Under
The 6:30 am service to Corella Creek has been delayed... by about three metres of floodwater
Whether it's by road or train, you won't be getting out to the tiny Queensland locality of Corella Creek anytime soon. That is unless you've got a boat.
Queensland Rail released amazing footage of floodwaters engulfing the tracks in the state's north-west, about 500km west of Townsville.
In 58 seconds, the footage dramatically shows the effects of more than a week's worth of rain.
How much rain exactly?
Well, the nearest official Bureau of Meteorology weather station to the location where this CCTV footage was taken is at Richmond -- a small town of 500 residents where the average annual rainfall is 473 mm.
The town has exceeded its yearly rainfall this week alone, with 489.6 mm in the gauge to date in February -- on top of 140 mm in the last three days of January.
This really has been quite the deluge across a vast area of northern Queensland -- inland and coastal.
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Meanwhile, Queensland Rail confirmed that a freight train carrying metals came off the tracks at Nelia, close to where the footage above was taken.
QR CEO Nick Easy said aerial inspections showed that some of the train's contents -- including zinc, lead and copper -- had spilled into floodwaters.
According to the ABC, the train had been stored there since the end of January as a precaution because of heavy rainfall on the Mount Isa line. It was not staffed, and QR crews are currently unable to access the site.