Water from Lockyer Creek floods Gatton in the Lockyer Valley.
Water from Lockyer Creek floods Gatton in the Lockyer Valley. Contributed

Lockyer Valley on high alert

THE Lockyer Valley is bracing for another round of flooding today on top of flooding that decimated areas of the region late yesterday.

The Local Disaster Management Group is evacuating people in low lying areas of Forest Hill and Laidley in particular Napier Street, Jordan Street, Lyon Street, Short Street, Coates Street and Mort Street in Laidley.

The evacuation centres are the Forest Hill Hall or the Forest Hill State School for people in Forest Hill and the Laidley Council Depot or the Laidley Hospital for people in Laidley.

If in doubt residents in low-lying areas are urged to make their way to the evacuation centres and seek higher ground.

Further significant rain in the Lockyer and Laidley Creek catchments has hampered recovery efforts in Grantham, Withcott, Helidon and Murphys Creek.

LVRC Mayor Steve Jones said despite it being a tough time for the region, residents were remaining optimistic about the region’s recovery from this major disaster.

“Lockyer Valley residents are remaining positive about the ongoing disaster being faced by the region and are optimistic about the re-building phase,” Cr Jones said.

Due to the enormity of the ongoing disaster the Lockyer Valley Local Disaster Management Group will be working closely with Emergency Management Queensland to get the necessary assistance from the State and Federal Governments.

Council is asking people to listen to local radio networks for regular updates.

People can contact the SES on 132 500 for assistance or the local coordination centre on 1300 005 872.

Hundreds forced to flee

Six people are dead and hundreds more are missing as floodwaters continue to inundate the Lockyer Valley.

Thousands of Lockyer Valley residents remain on high alert as flash flooding inundated parts of the region last night.

Hundreds of residents were forced to flee their homes as water quickly inundated the region.

Residents in Grantham and Helidon were rescued from their rooftops until the rescue helicopter was grounded last night because of fog.

Rescues resumed at first light with evacuees taken to emergency evacuation centres at the Gatton Shire Hall, Grantham School and The University of Queensland’s Gatton campus - several people still haven’t been located.

Record flood levels were recorded at Daveys Bridge in Gatton from the Lockyer Creek catchment reaching 18.92 metres, exceeding 1974 flood levels.

The Lockyer Creek at Glenore Grove peaked at 14.60 metres at 11:30pm, which is 0.3 metres below the 1974 flood.

More updates will be available throughout the day.

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