The weather system that brought torrential rain to parts of Queensland will continue to ease throughout the day, as low-lying communities in the south east anxiously wait to assess the level of damage.
- Up to 10mm of rain predicted for South East Queensland
- Gympie CBD was flooded and businesses had water through them yesterday
- Rain on Sunday is not expected to worsen flood levels
Some Gympie residents go clean up after the town suffered its third peak of flooding this year.
Bureau of Meteorologist (BOM) forecaster Shane Kennedy said rainfall totals in the southeastern part of the state “dropped immediately” throughout Saturday, with some pockets of the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast picking up 20 to 30 millimeters.
The heaviest amount of rain fell in Bellthorpe in the interior Sunshine Coast with a total of 37mm. Mr Kennedy said there could still be 5 to 10 millimeters of rain today.
“We expect this cloud and rain to start dissolving,” he said.
“[Today] will likely still be quite choppy with a few showers and we expect many more cloud breaks.”
Mr Kennedy said the region could see between two and 10mm of rainfall on Sunday, with isolated showers of 20-30mm on the Gold Coast.
“But there’s not really any significant rainfall. It’s not expected to have much of an impact on the flood waters at this point,” he said.
Flood affected Gympie, Warwick
The lack of rain in the forecast is good news for communities around Gympie, the Southern Downs and Lockyer Valley, who feared another major flood after a devastating start to the year.
Mr Kennedy said water levels in rivers and streams were also falling in most places.
The Mary River in Gympie reached over 16 meters on Saturday evening, flooding some homes and businesses.
Gympie Mayor Glen Hartwig said the affected homes had already been damaged by flooding earlier this year.
“They haven’t been fixed since the last time, so there’s no one in there,” he said.
The city was isolated on Saturday, the CBD was flooded and businesses had water running through them.
Around 800 businesses and homes in Gympie were affected by flooding in February and many are yet to return to normal. Many were also flooded in January.
BOM said the Mary River in Maryborough is expected to remain below minor flood stage until Saturday evening, but could reach minor flood stage of 5 meters late on Saturday.
However, the Lamington Bridge on Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road in Maryborough was closed on Saturday afternoon due to flooding.
Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the town was tired but ready.
“Earlier in the year we had a 10.3 meter flood, so a major flood, we’re prepared for that. And a minor flood doesn’t affect as many residents and businesses as it did in February,” did he declare.
Residents were evacuated from flood-affected homes in Warwick by boat on Friday.
Eighty-seven buildings were affected by the Condamine flooding and 49 people were forced to evacuate, but Southern Downs Mayor Vic Pennisi said the majority of people had now returned home.
“Everyone is dry and has food tonight,” he said.
“The full extent of the damage will be known in a few days, but everything that can be started has been started.
“I think most people feel like we dodged a bullet in a lot of ways. Yes, there was a lot of impact, but not as much as it could have been, so I think they are grateful.”
Personal Disaster Assistance has been activated to help flood-affected residents in the Lockyer Valley and Southern Downs cover the costs of immediate essential needs, such as food, temporary accommodation, clothing and medication.
Local government areas of Brisbane, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Gympie, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, South Burnett, Southern Downs and Toowoomba have been activated for disaster relief operations assistance to to cover the costs of immediate cleaning. -redouble your efforts.
Rain causes problems at the sewage treatment plant
Seqwater has asked residents of Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan to conserve water as extreme weather conditions have impacted water treatment plants on Mt Crosby and they are temporarily operating at reduced capacity.
“This is due to floodwaters washing soil and debris into streams and streams, which flow into treatment plants,” he said in a statement.
“This is just a precaution. Drinking water supplied to homes and businesses remains safe to drink and meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. There is no need to boil your water or buy water. ‘bottled water.
“Our teams are working hard to get the processing plants back to normal operating condition.”
Closed beaches, risk of storm in Capricornia and Wide Bay
There is a 10% chance of a “low risk” thunderstorm occurring further north in the state in the Capricornia and Wide Bay area.
Mr Kennedy said water levels in rivers and streams were also falling in most places in the south east, including the Ipswich and Lockyer Valley areas.
The Brisbane River is expected to approach minor flood levels at high tide this evening, and again on Sunday and Monday.
“Further north we will likely see these floodwaters still descending through the Condamine… the peak will continue to move downstream through this system over the next two days,” he said.
The beaches remain closed as there are coastal wind warnings for the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.
“It’s still pretty dangerous along the coast, at least until Sunday afternoon, but it’s getting safer as the days go by,” Mr Kennedy said.
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