Gympie goes underwater after recent heavy rains.
Gympie goes underwater after recent heavy rains. Craig Warhurst

Deluge continues across state with second trough forecast

CENTRAL and South-East Queensland might be lucky enough to see patches of sun today but it will likely be short-lived.

Though the current rainfall event along the Queensland coast is expected to ease on Thursday, the Bureau of Meteorology expects a second trough to arrive in central and southern inland areas the same day.

That trough will then move east towards the coastline producing moderate to heavy falls through to Saturday.

There were flash flooding warnings due to heavy rain in the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett regions on Tuesday, with the central coast and Whitsundays also being hammered.

The bureau was expecting 24-hour totals between 100 and 200mm - with locally heavier totals more than 200mm possible - from Mackay to the Sunshine Coast including their adjacent hinterland areas.

Rainfall totals in the 24 hours to 9am Tuesday included 260mm at Lake MacDonald Dam (near Tewantin on the Sunshine Coast), 246mm at Cooloolabin Dam (near Yandina), 221mm at Cooroy, 190mm at Gympie, 127mm at Jindalee, 107mm at Gatton and 100mm at Toowoomba.

The highest rainfall on Tuesday between 9am and 3pm was mostly around the Sunshine Coast and Gympie with 88mm at Cooloolabin dam and 65mm at Wappa dam.

There were dozens of roads closed in the areas with Gympie bracing for the Mary River banks to break yet again.

A BOM forecaster said everywhere south of Bowen would face showers, rain and possible storms for the rest of the week but there could be some sun tomorrow or Thursday in areas south of the Capricornia coast.

"The current weather off the coast is being caused by a surface trough off the central coast," he said.

"The upper trough over the west which is coming east and going to pick up in southern parts of the state starts in next couple of days."

The State Emergency Service received 230 requests for help in the 24 hours to 5am on Tuesday, with 80 in the Ipswich, Gold Coast, Logan, Scenic Rim and Somerset areas.

There was another 35 requests in the south-western region which includes the Lockyer Valley where Laidley residents are facing possible flooding for a third time this year.

Seventy requests came into the Sunshine Coast and Gympie region while Brisbane had 45 calls for help.

Most of the jobs related to leaking roofs, roof damage and response to flooding.

Fire crews attended to a flooded road at Marsden overnight Monday, where a motorist became stuck in floodwaters.

Swift water rescue technicians also had retrieve a motorist at Kandanga.

Several motorists took their lives in their hands at the Stanley River crossing on the corner of the D'aguilar Highway and Canando Street Woodford, by ignoring signage and entering floodwaters on Monday night.

Police and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey urged Queenslanders to put their safety first in this severe weather which has claimed one life and resulted in a spate of swift water rescues and ongoing requests for SES assistance.

"The ground in these areas is already saturated and this additional rainfall could result in flash flooding. It is vital residents avoid entering floodwaters and ensure their property is adequately prepared," he said.

"There is no excuse for people who ignore the advice of emergency authorities and deliberately drive through floodwaters. People must realise they are not invincible and they are not only putting their life at risk but the lives of their rescuers.

"Water, even to the bottom of your car door, is enough to float your vehicle away or stall its engine. Gentle moving floodwater can also wash away the road surface underneath."


RAINFALL (9am to 3pm Tuesday)

  • Talara 56mm
  • Cedar Pocket dam 51
  • Boreen Point 57
  • Eumundi 59
  • Yandina Creek 60
  • Cooloolabin dam 88mm
  • Wappa dam 65mm
  • Mapleton 51mm
  • Baroon Pocket 53mm

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