More rain renews flood drama across the region
THE flood dramas of the Lockyer and Brisbane Valleys began anew last week when another weather system dumped more than 100mm of rain across the district.
Although not as ferocious as the downpours of the Australia Day weekend, the current rain is proving nearly as troublesome as it falls on ground still sodden from the drenching of late January.
In the 24 hours to 4pm on February 26, rainfall totals included 107mm at Gatton, 66mm at Wivenhoe Dam and 104mm at Esk.
With the Warrego Hwy cut at Glenore Grove in the early hours of Tuesday morning, traffic was again brought to a halt until the water dropped to a safe level.
At 9pm on Monday night, Lockyer Valley Regional Council was warning residents in low-lying areas to either self-evacuate or move to Laidley High School as floodwaters began to rise.
These residents were able to return home on Tuesday, with no reports of houses suffering damage.
Somerset Regional Council said up to 36 families would be isolated for several days once Burtons Bridge at Borallon became inundated. This closure was due to heavy rainfall in the region combined with releases from Wivenhoe Dam.
"Council will check with these residents to check potential resupply of necessities in the coming days," a council representative said.
In a media update released at 10.30am on Tuesday, SEQWater, the operator of Somerset and Wivenhoe Dams, said both dams were releasing water.
At the time, Somerset Dam was at 124% and rising, with releases being made from the dam at a rate of 700 cubic metres per second. Wivenhoe Dam was at 98.3% and rising with flood releases in progress.
The rate of release was 400 cubic metres per second and being increased further.
Flows from Lockyer Creek combined with the dam releases will close Burtons Bridge and Kholo Bridge this afternoon.
These bridges will remain closed for about seven days.
Wivenhoe Dam- 66mm
Glenore Grove- 59mm
Bill Gunn Dam-90mm
*Correct at 4pm, February 26