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Laidley establishes flood evacuation centre

AN evacuation centre was established at Laidley State High School last night, with local council fearing for residents in low-lying areas.

Flooding was expected in Laidley Creek overnight.

Residents in low lying areas of the Laidley township were advised to self evacuate to the centre if necessary and door knocking commenced Monday night to warn people of the threat.

The Bureau of Meteorology advises that creek levels are continuing to fall along Lockyer Creek between Upper Lockyer and Helidon, though renewed rises are possible with further rainfall.

Minor flood levels continue along Sandy Creek at Sandy Creek Road.

Minor flood levels are expected downstream from Gatton, with higher levels and moderate flood levels possible.

Major flood levels are easing along the Laidley Creek at Mulgowie, but are expected to continue rising downstream at Laidley with a major flood peak expected in the early hours of Tuesday.

Creek levels are expected to peak below the levels recorded during January 2011 and January 2013.

There are no reports of inundation to properties in the Somerset Region, however an evacuation centre was established at the Alexandra Hall in Toogoolawah late Monday night for stranded motorists as roads in and out of Toogoolawah to Esk and Kilcoy were cut due to localised flooding.

Up to 36 families will become isolated for several days once Burtons Bridge at Borallon goes under water.

Heavy rainfall in the region has combined with releases from Wivenhoe Dam.

Council contacted affected residents Monday afternoon.

No evacuation centres in the Somerset region are currently open as rain has receded along major roads in and out of Toogoolawah.

Council will open evacuation centres again, if required.

Lockyer Valley residents who require advice should call Lockyer Valley Regional Council's call centre number on 1300 005 872.

Somerset residents should call  visit www.somerset.qld.gov.au or phone 5424 4000 for road closure information.

Topics:  evacuation centre, laidley flood


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