Rain eases in Qld but flood warnings remain

Robyn Wuth and Tara CosoletoAAP
VideoEmergency alerts issued across QLD as wild weather smashes the state.

Rain is easing across Queensland but major flood warnings remain in place for some parts of the southeast.

Between 200 and 300 millimetres fell across the state over the past 48 hours, the Bureau of Meteorology said on Saturday, but the rain dropped away on Friday night with only 10 to 20 millimetres falling over a six-hour period.

“That easing trend is good news and it will continue through today,” the bureau’s Matthew Collopy told reporters.

There are still major flood warnings in place for the Condamine, Logan, and Bremer rivers, and the Warrill, Laidley and Lockyer creeks.

There is a moderate flood warning for the Mary River, while a minor flood warning is in place for the Brisbane River.

Floodwaters in the town of Grantham, west of Brisbane.
Camera IconResidents in towns including Grantham are preparing to flee as floodwaters hit south Queensland. Credit: AAP

Most of those waterways have already peaked or will peak later on Saturday, Mr Collopy said, with flood warnings easing over the next few days.

But Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Shane Chelepy has warned residents not to get complacent.

“While we’re seeing the rain easing today, we still have a number of creeks that are flowing,” Mr Chelepy said on Saturday.

“It is highly likely that you’ll still see road closures. Please don’t enter those roads.

“I know the weather’s improving but it allows the emergency services to focus on those areas that we need to focus on. We just ask people in other areas to please take care.”

Camera IconHeavy and widespread rain will persist across the southeast and central coast of Queensland. Credit: AAP

Eighty-seven buildings have been affected by flood waters in Warwick, with 49 people using shelter services due to the Condamine River breaking its banks.

“The district disaster group and the local disaster group are meeting today,” Mr Chelepy said. “As the river drops further, they’ll be moving in towards those recovery efforts.”

Emergency services are also preparing for moderate flooding at the Mary River to hit the town of Gympie on Saturday.

“We are expecting some minor impacts to businesses in the CBD,” Mr Chelepy said. “But we’re not expecting the predicted peaks (or) any significant impacts particularly to dwellings in the area.”

It comes after hundreds of homes in Queensland’s southeast and more than 700 roads were affected by flood waters on Friday.

Queensland beaches remain closed on Saturday and families are being advised to avoid lakes and creeks.

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