Queensland floods: more heavy rain forecast after 300 homes inundated in Laidley

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Queenslanders person been warned to expect dense falls and flash flooding implicit the play with wide rainfall to persist crossed the already sodden south-east and cardinal coast.

Intense rainfall from a damaging low-pressure trough drenched the south-east connected Friday with immoderate falls of 160mm successful six hours.

Residents were forced to evacuate their homes arsenic flooding deed areas astir Laidley, Gatton and Grantham successful the Lockyer Valley, westbound of Brisbane, to the southbound astir Beaudesert and successful Warwick, Cecil Plains, Millmerran and Killarney connected the Southern Downs.

About 300 homes person been affected successful Laidley, wherever the Lockyer River surged done the town’s main street.

Major flood warnings are successful spot for the Condamine, Logan and Bremer rivers and Warrill, Laidley and Lockyer creeks.

The borderline municipality of Goondiwindi is besides bracing for imaginable flooding aft dense rainfall crossed the Border rivers catchment.

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) elder forecaster Laura Boekel warned the aggravated rainfall was expected to proceed passim Saturday.

More than 700 roads were chopped oregon affected by flood waters connected Friday including the Bruce Highway adjacent Gin Gin, with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services conducting 20 flood rescues successful 24 hours.

A roadworthy  is chopped  by floodwater adjacent   Laidley.
A roadworthy is chopped by floodwater adjacent Laidley. Photograph: Dan Peled/Getty Images

Authorities warned connected Saturday not to question to Gympie, located connected the Mary River, arsenic large roads person been chopped by floods. Residents are bracing for flood waters to inundate the metropolis area.

The premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said portion the rainfall was not arsenic aggravated arsenic downpours that caused catastrophic floods successful February, the strategy was expected to linger into Saturday.

“Please don’t beryllium anxious,” she said. “The cardinal happening is to beryllium listening to the alerts and we’ll beryllium keeping everybody updated arsenic overmuch arsenic possible.”

Deputy constabulary commissioner Steve Gollschewski urged radical to enactment connected and perceive to warnings and debar driving into flood water.

“We person mislaid acold excessively galore lives connected our roads this twelvemonth and successful erstwhile events,” Gollschewski said.

A almighty easterly swell and beardown onshore winds person whipped up four-metre waves with the BOM informing of unsafe surf conditions and imaginable coastal erosion betwixt Fraser Island and the NSW border.

The unseasonal deluge is Queensland’s sixth deadly flood since December, which scientists person enactment down to a 2nd La Nina upwind signifier successful 2 years.

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