Flood warnings remain in place in south-east Queensland as weather system moves north

Communities across south-east Queensland are facing a mammoth clean-up after floodwaters swept through towns for a second time this year.

Residents in the town of Laidley in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane, are among the worst hit by major flooding, as towns throughout the state’s south-east like Gatton, Grantham, Gympie, Ipswich and Warwick have been once again pummeled with rain.

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 metres above the spillway and there may be an increase in the levels in the coming hours.

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

Laidley River is expected to reach the major flood levels this morning.

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

Rainfall is expected to ease today in flood-affected areas however floodwaters continue to rise.

Some towns in the state’s south-east received almost 300 millimetres of rain in the past 24 hours.

Gympie remains on alert for floodwaters. (Nine)
Millward captured a bizarre sight as kegs floated down floodwaters, on what once was a street.

Bizarre sight in floodwaters after town swallowed in ’20 minutes’

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.

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)
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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