UPDATE 1.10PM: With rainfall continuing in the upper Condamine River catchment area, moderate to major flooding is expected in Chinchilla and Dalby this evening, and Condamine later this week.
"Chinchilla's Charleys Creek is currently at 5.6 metres and continues to rise with predictions of moderate to major flooding late this afternoon. An evacuation centre is being opened in Chinchilla at the Cultural Centre in Heeney Street," Mayor Ray Brown said.
"Dalby's Myall Creek is currently at 2.41 metres and predicted to peak at up to 3.0 metres this afternoon causing moderate flooding to the town. Patrick Street Bridge is already cut, however the Charles Drew Bridge is expected to remain open.
"The Condamine River at Condamine is predicted to reach a major flood height of 8 metres at 10pm tonight with a possible peak of 12 metres expected by Thursday/Friday.
"As a comparison, in the 2011 floods Dalby's Myall Creek peaked at 3.74 metres, Chinchilla's Charleys Creek peaked at 7.8 metres and the Condamine River at Condamine peaked at 15.25 metres.
"Flood waters are receding in Jandowae and we are monitoring the flood situation in Warra.
"Residents are asked to be on 'Watch and Act' alert in preparation for the predicted flood peaks and avoid travelling by road if possible.
"Road closures are affecting scheduled garbage collection services however residents are asked to leave bins out until they are collected."
UPDATE: Western Downs Local Disaster Management Group met this morning to monitor the flood situation across the region with Chinchilla and Dalby the current focus.
"Chinchilla's Charleys Creek is currently at 5.55 metres and continues to rise causing moderate to major
flooding with a peak of up to six metres expected late this afternoon," Mayor Ray Brown said.
"Water has closed the Warrego Highway in the town and caused inundation of a number of business
houses. Homes in low lying areas have been door knocked and a number of residents have self evacuated.
"Dalby's Myall Creek is expected to peak at up to 3.4 metres this afternoon causing moderate flooding to
the town that will inundate some properties.
"Flood waters are currently at 2.31 metres and rising slowly with the Patrick Street Bridge already cut.
"At 2.6 metres Ergon Energy will commence disconnection of power which potentially could affect up to 500
premises in Dalby.
"Residents in Chinchilla and Dalby are asked to be on 'Watch and Act' alert in preparation for the predicted
flood peaks and avoid travelling by road if possible.
"There are many roads closed across the region due to flooding with the town of Tara now isolated by road.
"All waste facilities in the region, with the exception of Chinchilla, are open. And Kogan residents are asked
to leave bins out as they will be collected as soon as roads reopen."
EARLIER: Dalby's Myall Creek is expected to peak sometime today causing possible minor to moderate flooding to
the town with recent dry conditions making accurate flood height forecasts difficult.
Mayor Ray Brown said the Western Downs Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) was officially
activated last night after reports of significant rain in the Kaimkillenbun area.
"Usually rain in the Bunya Mountains area leads to flooding of Myall Creek, however accurate flood
forecasting is proving difficult as the catchments were dry prior to this event.
"At this stage SES have door knocked Dalby residents in low lying areas of the town prompting them to
prepare for possible flooding by moving vehicles and valuables to higher ground.
"We will continue to monitor the flood situation in Dalby and Chinchilla overnight and issue further updates."
For emergency flood assistance residents are asked to contact the SES on 132 500.
Residents requiring further information are asked to call the Western Downs Disaster Coordination Centre on
1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624) until 9.30pm this evening and from 8am tomorrow.
To monitor weather forecasts visit the Bureau of Meteorology's website www.bom.gov.au.
For updates on road conditions contact Main Roads on 13 19 40, visit the website www.131940.qld.gov.au or
contact the RACQ on 1300 130 595.
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