Queensland floods: rain easing but major flood warnings remain

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

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,” the bureau’s Matthew Collopy said.

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.

Most of those waterways had already peaked or were due to peak later on Saturday, Collopy said, with flood warnings easing over the next few days.

But acting deputy police commissioner Shane Chelepy warned residents not to get complacent.

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

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

A road is cut by flood water near Laidley.
A road is cut by flood water near Laidley. Photograph: Dan Peled/Getty Images

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,” 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,” Chelepy said. “But we’re not expecting the predicted peaks [or] any significant impacts particularly to dwellings in the area.”

Hundreds of homes in Queensland’s south-east 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.

The unseasonal deluge is Queensland’s sixth deadly flood since December, which scientists have put down to a second La Niña weather pattern in two years.