Bundaberg could be hit with heavy falls again

Mark Heath

AS NSW towns begin to recover from their bout of wild weather, Queenslanders are preparing to settle in for days of rain and thunderstorms.

Strong winds and heavy falls swept through NSW over the weekend, ripping roofs from houses and isolating townships.

On Monday an evacuation order was still in place for the Kempsey CDB and more than 30 communities were still cut off as river levels slowly fell.

State Emergency Service volunteers performed 84 flood rescues over the weekend as a result of severe storms that also left 40,000 people, mainly around the Coffs Harbour area, without power.

On Monday 500 Essential Energy contractors were trying to restore power to 1000 customers.

Rains eased in most parts of NSW on Monday, except for the Northern Rivers, which is forecasted to experience scattered showers until the end of the week.

Queenslanders should also get used to getting their feet wet as rain is forecasted to hang around until the weekend.

The heaviest falls occurred around the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba areas on Monday.

Toowoomba and Beerburrum recorded 60mm of rain each in only five hours from 9am.

Still recovering from the recent flood disaster, Bundaberg could be hit again with heavy falls of between 100mm and 150mm and potential flash flooding.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Pradeep Singh said rain in excess of 200 mm could fall in some Wide Bay areas in the 24 hours from Tuesday.

He said the rain was forecast to ease in the south-east on Tuesday , although the region would still see scattered falls and thunderstorms until the weekend.

Mr Singh said the focus would be on areas south of Mackay.

"The biggest risk is for flash flooding as there could be some very heavy rainfall in a short time," Mr Singh said.

Sixteen primary school students had to be rescued near Brisbane on Monday morning when their school bus got stuck in flood waters.

The children were towed to safety in swift rescue rafts.

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