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Extreme rainfall and flood event in Mackay on 15 February 2008
Peak flood levels from flooding in 2008 are now being used by the Mackay council in the calibration of flood studies to ensure that there are no surprises if similar rainfall events occur in the future
Mackay experienced an extreme rainfall event and flash flood on 15 February 2008. Over a period of six hours, rainfall intensities of up to 184 mm in an hour and more than 600 mm in total caused significant flash flooding. More than 4,000 homes were damaged, which is approximately 10% of Mackay’s households. The peak flood levels are now used by the council in the calibration of flood studies.