Flood warnings remain in Queensland as weather system moves north


Floodwaters are continuing to rise in some south-east Queensland communities in the second devastating weather event for the state this year.

Residents in Gympie are preparing for the worst of the flooding event today while Laidley and Warwick are beginning to clean up after water swept through the towns yesterday.

Multiple warnings remain in place this morning for Cressbrook Creek, the Scenic Rim and Gympie.

Floodwaters cover the town of Warwick. (9News)
Waves can be seen forming in floodwaters in Warwick. (Top Two Motorcycles Warwick)

The dam at Cressbrook Creek in the Somerset region is one-and-a-half meters above the spillway and there may be an increase in levels in the coming hours.

Residents in the region are warned they may need to evacuate in the coming hours.

Major flood warnings are in place for the Condamine River, Logan River, Warrill Creek and the Bremer River.

Laidley River and the Mary River are also expected to reach the major flood level.

The Mary River is expected to peak at 15 meters, with the majority of impacted rivers peaking or expected to do so in the next 24 hours.

While catchments have been seen rapidly rising, levels are expected to fall quickly and dwindle over the few days as heavy rain begins to ease.

Main roads forced to close as floodwaters submerge the town. (Top Two Motorcycles Warwick)

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service coordinator James Haig said the state has seen less rain this morning but warnings remain to stay “vigilant and alert”.

He said there were 14 flood rescues overnight.

“We had over 120 calls for assistance to the SES from sort of Brisbane north, largely, but across the whole of the south-east really,” he said.

More than 500 roads across the state are closed.

Gympie remains on alert for floodwaters. (Nine)

Towns cut off by floodwaters for the second time this year

The weather event is now moving north with the Sunshine Coast next in the firing line.

The Bureau of Meteorology said communities in the Sunshine Coast hinterland should be prepared for intense rainfall as two “atmospheric rivers” above dump heavy rain.

The state’s premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said yesterday the intense rainfall the state is currently experiencing is not as heavy as the previous flooding event in February, which caused multiple deaths and the destruction of homes.

“This rainfall is actually more sporadic, and not as heavy,” Palaszczuk said.

“But we are still seeing some cases of flooding, and the river rising in particular areas.

“We are asking people where possible, if you don’t need to be out on the roads, please don’t travel unless you absolutely must.”

Floodwaters quickly rose in the Queensland town of Laidley. (Nine)
Residents have sandbagged their businesses to protect them from flooding. (Nine)

Dangerous and damaging surf conditions are developing off the south-east Queensland coast with severe weather warnings in place.

All flood warnings can be viewed here.

Residents are urged to follow the advice and emergency alerts of their local councils and keep up to date with BoM updates.


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