‘River levels rising’: Queensland braces for more rain as severe weather system pushes further south

'River levels rising': Queensland braces for more rain as severe weather system pushes further south

South-east Queensland is expecting a drenching today as a severe weather system continues to dump heavy rain, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.

BOM senior hydrologist Andrew Preece said most of the severe weather and flooding risk had eased in the state’s north and had pushed further south.

“We’re expecting that rain band to move off the coast and shift further south over the next couple of days,” Mr Preece said.

“We’ll see more rainfall in the south-east and we’re already starting to see river levels rising.”

Since 9am yesterday, west of Brisbane saw the heaviest falls.

Kluvers lookout had 206mm and Raynbird Creek had 172mm.

Meanwhile, parts of the Sunshine Coast hinterland received up to 140mm.

BOM said there was minor to moderate flooding in the Bremer River, Lockyer, Laidley and Warrill Creeks and Lower Brisbane River catchments.

Widespread rain totals of between 20mm and 90mm, and isolated totals of 177mm, had been recorded in those catchments in the 24 hours to 4am.

Mr Preece said the bureau was also expecting minor flooding in the Mary River catchment at Gympie, in upper Brisbane, and on the Sunshine Coast.

“Because we’ve had a prolonged wet season this year, catchments are already wet in a number of locations across the state,” he said.

“That means even with any small rainfall totals that are being forecast, we are expecting to see renewed river level rises.

On Wednesday, a 31-year-old woman died in floodwaters when her car was swept off a causeway at Mount Ossa near Mackay.

Flooded Twin Bridges at Fernvale, west of Brisbane.
Flooded Twin Bridges at Fernvale, west of Brisbane, on Tuesday afternoon.,Twitter: the_bearded_fisherman_aus ,

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Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner tweeted last night a text message urging residents in low-lying levels of Brookfield, on the city’s western edge, to prepare for flooding.

Mr Schrinner also advised Brisbane’s CityCat and ferry services would be suspended from 9pm Wednesday.

The decision follows “a notice issued by Maritime Safety Queensland about deteriorating weather conditions and expected Wivenhoe Dam releases”, Mr Schrinner wrote.

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