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Flooding rain to ease in Queensland’s south-east as swollen rivers set to peak

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February 14, 2020 09:12:52

Rain is predicted to ease this morning, but flooding will remain a concern for the Albert and Logan rivers, south of Brisbane, after heavy falls on Thursday and further showers across the south-east overnight.

Key points:

  • River levels are expected to peak on Friday
  • Gold Coast beaches will remain closed
  • Townsville will hit 37C for Valentine’s Day

Meanwhile, hot and steamy weather will take the place of the wet across much of Queensland, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned.

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BOM forecaster Shane Kennedy said temperatures would stay above 30 degrees Celsius in the south of the state over the next few days.

“Conditions are likely to remain unsettled for the next week, so likely to still see some afternoon showers with the chance of a thunderstorm,” he said.

“But not expecting the same heavy totals that we have seen over the past few days.”

The northern Gold Coast received the heaviest rainfall in the past 24 hours, with 143 millimetres falling at Wolffdene.

The rain is feeding into the Logan and Albert river catchments, where there is currently moderate to major flooding.

On Brisbane’s bayside, Manly received 99mm.

Mr Kennedy said flood warnings remained in place as river levels approached their peaks on Friday.

“The water has to flow somewhere else unfortunately, hopefully into some catchments,” he said.

“The Condamine River is still under a major flood warning for much of that area near Chinchilla over the next few days.

“It will depend on how the shower and storm activity goes over the coming days.”

Across the state 10 state schools have closed for the day, along with four Catholic and independent schools and 16 early childhood centres.

Western Downs Deputy Mayor Andrew Smith said Condamine residents are preparing for flooding, but aren’t too anxious.

“I don’t think that this one is any cause for worry. I think that’s generally the feeling. I think that it’s more excitement in fact to see such a good flow in the river.”

Flood levels across the Scenic Rim are expected to decrease in the coming days, with rainfall easing in the region.

Scenic Rim Regional Mayor Greg Christensen said it was a restless night for Beaudesert residents but the Logan River’s levels had started falling.

“We didn’t have any properties affected and we haven’t had any major landslips that we’re aware of.

“We know there are still some local roads that will have localised disruption this morning so people need to watch for where they are.”

On the Gold Coast, a hazardous surf warning remains in place and all beaches will remain closed on Friday morning with swells expected to reach 3 metres.

A woman, who went missing after a bushwalk near Gold Coast’s Gorge Falls in the Tallebudgera Valley on Wednesday morning, has still not been found.

There are fears she may have slipped and fallen, with several flooded creeks in the area.

Northern swelter

Temperatures are expected to reach 37C in Townsville and 42C in Ingham.

The hot weather has posed a challenge for florists preparing for Valentine’s Day, one of the busiest days on the calendar for orders and deliveries.

Gail Guandalini from Heaven Scent Flowers and Gifts in Ingham said she was doing all she could to keep 1,000 rose stems from wilting.

“We’re trying our best to keep everything as cool as possible — we’ve got five big air conditioners rolling at the moment,” she said.

“We’ve got the fridges all pumping and they’re packed to the maximum, we’ll just keep the cars as cool as we can.

“We’re putting a bit of ice into our buckets as well so hopefully that will keep [the roses] a bit cooler — they’re looking pretty good actually.”

Several schools around Townsville have cancelled swimming carnivals and other sporting events because of the expected hot weather.

Peter Vinnecombe from the Queensland Ambulance Service said there had been an increase in callouts for heat-related illness around Townsville.

“When you get into your more serious cases, you might get an altered level of consciousness where they’re quite drowsy and maybe hard to wake,” he said.

“Stopping sweating is a very serious sign, and with any of those more serious signs you should definitely dial 000 and get an ambulance to come to you.”

He said people should seek air-conditioning and pay careful attention to heat stress in children and the elderly.

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