Many areas in the region are preparing themselves for the worst of the flooding event in coming days, while others have begun the devastating clean-up process.
And multiple warnings remain in place as the government announced disaster assistance will be available to flood affected areas.
Disaster assistance available to flood-affected LGA’s
Disaster assistance is now available for 12 local government areas that are being hit by the latest severe flooding in the southern part of the state.
The help is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Impacted residents in the Lockyer Valley and Southern Downs will also be eligible to receive personal hardship disaster assistance designed to help cover the costs of immediate essentials such as food, temporary accommodation, clothing and medication.
Counter disaster operations assistance is also being activated for residents in the Brisbane, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Gympie, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, South Burnett, Southern Downs and Toowoomba LGAs.
“This has been an unseasonal deluge and comes on the back of a long disaster season in Queensland but we will continue to work with the Queensland Government to ensure that people affected have the support they need,” Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience, Bridget McKenzie, said.
Numerous flood warnings remain in place
Multiple warnings remain in place this morning for Cressbrook Creek, the Scenic Rim and Gympie.
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.
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 metres, 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.
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.
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.”
Dangerous and damaging surf conditions are developing off the south-east Queensland coast with severe weather warnings in place.
Residents are urged to follow the advice and emergency alerts of their local councils and keep up to date with BoM updates.