Gympie and the people of Scenic Rim need to be on alert as the rain continues to fall

Gympie and the people of Scenic Rim need to be on alert as the rain continues to fall

Residents of flood-affected areas of Queensland are warned to remain vigilant as waters continue to rise.

Residents suffering from Queensland’s latest flood will be able to access disaster aid as heavy rains and rising waters continue to inundate businesses and homes.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that a weather system that was expected to clear will actually dump more rain on the Gympie and Scenic Rim areas.

Emergency alerts were issued for residents of the areas on Friday as heavy rain flooded the already overwhelmed watersheds.

Several warnings remain in place Saturday for Cressbrook Creek, the Scenic Rim and Gympie.

The Mary River is feared to peak at 15m after reaching more than 12m on Friday, triggering urgent flood warnings for surrounding areas as rain continued to batter areas overnight.

A major flood warning remains in place for the Mary River in Tiaro and a moderate flood warning for the river in Gympie.

The BOM said river levels were rising at Gympie and were expected to remain above moderate flood levels overnight Saturday.

“Peak levels are expected late Saturday afternoon,” BOM said.

The Bruce Highway has been closed in both directions with diversions in place and emergency services are warning motorists of delays.

The list of emergency warnings continues to grow, with severe weather warnings, major flooding and dangerous waves in place for several areas.

“Major flood warnings are in progress for the Condamine, Logan and Bremer rivers and Warrill, Laidley and Lockyer creeks,” BOM said.

“The Condamine, Logan and Bremer rivers all peaked above major levels on Friday and are expected to drop to moderate flood levels on Saturday.”

Minor flooding is also occurring in the Lower Brisbane River, which is expected to peak at minor flood levels of 1.7m on Saturday and Sunday.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan announced disaster relief on Saturday for 12 local government areas suffering from the flood.

Personal Disaster Assistance will be available to residents of the Lockyer Valley and Southern Downs to cover the costs of immediate essential needs such as food, temporary accommodation, clothing and medicine.

In addition, LGAs in Brisbane, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Gympie, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, South Burnett, Southern Downs and Toowoomba will be able to access disaster relief operations assistance for cover the costs of the immediate cleanup efforts.

Australia’s Emergency Management Minister Bridget McKenzie said the government would always stand by the people of Queensland after a natural disaster.

“This has been an off-season deluge and comes after a long disastrous season in Queensland, but we will continue to work with the Queensland Government to ensure those affected receive the support they need,” Minister McKenzie said on Saturday. .

Rainfall is expected to ease in Queensland on Saturday as light to moderate showers continue through the weekend, the office said.

There are also chances of isolated thunderstorms.

“Communities in southeast Queensland can expect total rainfall of 5-20mm for the remainder of Saturday, with isolated falls of 20-50mm. On Sunday, rainfall further decreases to 5-10mm, with isolated falls of 10-20mm,” BOM said.

“Due to saturated watersheds across the state, any further rain can increase the rise of streams and rivers.”

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services co-ordinator James Haig said there were 14 flood rescues across the state overnight.

“We’ve had over 120 calls for help to the SES from sort of north Brisbane, mostly, but all over the south east really,” he said on Saturday.

“So always very busy.”

Additionally, the state emergency service responded to up to 120 calls for help overnight.

More than 500 roads are closed across the state as heavy rains move north toward the Sunshine Coast.

BOM warns outback communities on the Sunshine Coast to remain vigilant for heavy rain.

Meanwhile, residents of the Lockyer Valley have begun cleaning up after the ‘soul-destroying’ flood left hundreds of homes underwater.

Large parts of southeast Queensland received over 100mm on Thursday and Friday

The largest record was 290mm, which fell on Wilsons Peak, 80km west of the Gold Coast.

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