Lockyer Valley residents ‘urged to self evacuate’ as Queensland’s record breaking deluge continues
Posted On May 12, 2022
Rivers are bursting their banks across south-east Queensland, emergency sirens are ringing out, and evacuation advice is issued as a record-breaking deluge continues.
Heavy downpours will continue today, with forecasts predicting up to 160mm in six hours from the Capricornia to the NSW border, leading to life-threatening flash flooding.
Emergency alerts have been issued for Gympie, Lockyer Valley, Warwick and the Scenic Rim in the state’s south-east and the Grantham Siren has been activated “to give residents time to move to higher ground.”
Self-evacuation advice is in place for low-lying areas across Lockyer Valley.
9News understands SES personnel are door-knocking in Grantham to urge residents to move on.
“In response to the most recent weather forecast, all residents in low-lying areas subject to flooding are being urged to self-evacuate,” the local council said, adding waters are rising rapidly.
Most recently, Laidley Creek has broken its banks at Mulgowie and is threatening homes and businesses.
Colleges Crossing in Ipswich has gone under, the second time it’s been swallowed by floodwaters since February.
9News presenter Jessica Millward observed “water creeping up through the drains” in the CBD.
Images from Transport and Main Roads Queensland also show extensive flooding around Somerset Regional Council.
Major flood warnings have been issued for: the Cape River, Warrill Creek, Bremer River, Laidley and Lockyer Creeks, Logan River, Condamine River, and Cooper Creek.
A moderate flood warning is also in place for the upper Brisbane river, while the lower reaches have a minor flood risk.
Two images show just how dangerous floodwaters can be
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) said seven swiftwater rescues were carried out overnight.
Queensland Ambulance said they were called to four separate rescues from yesterday to this morning, where residents had become trapped in their vehicle in floodwaters.
One man was assessed and did not require transport to hospital, two declined assistance and one did not require service, they said.
Another man was found safe in Gympie after an extensive search was launched from a campsite.
The 36- year-old walked all through the night to Kandanga after chasing his dog into bushland from a campsite south of Gympie.
Amid the extensive flooding authorities are imploring residents not to risk driving through floodwaters.
QFES State Operations Centre Coordinator James Haig yesterday said locals need to “pay attention to conditions” and “plan their routes carefully”.
The wet weather is being caused by an unseasonable upper coast low and moisture stream.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warns severe storms are possible for central and south-east Queensland today.
“Storms likely to contain heavy rainfall, damaging wind gusts possible. Saturated soils likely to exacerbate flash flooding risk for parts of Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay, Capricornia, Darling Downs.”
While heavy downpours will ease again today, the rain will intensify again on Saturday.
A hazardous surf warning is currently in place from the Fraser Coast down to the Gold Coast with the Bureau warning swells of more than three metres.
Satellite and radar image shared by Weatherzone shows a 3000km moisture stream all the way from North Queensland down to northern Tasmania.
The system is causing wet weather through much of the east coast.
Let’s take a look at what the weather is doing across the nation’s capitals today.
It will be a rainy day in Brisbane, with BoM forecasting falls between 40 to 80 mm.
A low of 20C and a high of 23C will be experienced.
Showers will ease throughout the day in Sydney, with falls between 5 to 15 mm expected.
The city will reach a maximum temperature of 22C.
A shower is also possible in Melbourne, which will experience a low of 13C before temperatures climb to 19C.
Between 2 to 5 mm of rain is forecast for Canberra, but showers will ease throughout the day.
The mercury will climb to 20C after a low of 11C.
It will be partly cloudy in Hobart with a low of 9C and a high of 17C forecast.
It will also be partly cloudy in Adelaide. The mercury will climb to 22C after a low of 13C.
There’s a slight chance of a shower in Darwin but conditions will be mostly cloudy.
A maximum of 33C is forecast.
A shower or two is forecast for the capital of WA. A low of 9C will be felt before the temperature climbs to 19C.