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Laidley locals watch as a creek becomes a lake

WET BAR: Neil Cahill captured these images of Laidley Creek in flood on Monday morning.
WET BAR: Neil Cahill captured these images of Laidley Creek in flood on Monday morning. Contributed

FLOODING in parts of Laidley reached higher peaks yesterday than in the 2011 floods, according to Lockyer Valley Regional Council mayor Steve Jones.

Businesses in central Laidley were inundated overnight Sunday, with images captured at 8.30am yesterday showing shops and hotels awash in deep, muddy water.

Merchandise and furniture floated down Patrick St.

As residents, business owners and emergency service workers started the clean-up yesterday, Cr Jones said the situation in the Lockyer Valley was "grim".

"Indications show the floods peaked about a metre higher than the 2011 floods," he said.

"The water's starting to drop in Grantham though, which is good."

People worked to protect their properties on Sunday, but floodwaters rose so fast that Laidley's sandbagging station had to be moved from the SES depot to Civic Video on Patrick St.

About 4pm Sunday, the council urged residents in low-lying parts of Laidley and Grantham to self-evacuate to Laidley State High School.

During the night, floodwaters rose quickly and cut dozens of roads, including the Warrego Hwy at Glenore Grove.

Cr Jones advised the Warrego Hwy would remain closed for part of today.

Rain eased yesterday, after the Bureau of Meteorology's (BoM) Gatton station recorded a 24-hour rainfall total of 110mm between 9am Sunday and 9am yesterday.

The Lockyer Creek at Glenore Grove was at 14.9m and falling at 12.50pm yesterday, BoM reported.

Cr Jones said without further rain, flood levels at Laidley and Glenore Grove were not expected to get any higher.

"Please avoid all non-essential travel in and around Laidley though, as roads will be damaged with debris," he said.

Cr Jones said 110 evacuees remained at the Laidley High School yesterday, while SES and emergency services workers assisted residents in other parts of the town.

"Crews have just delivered re-supplies to the evacuation centre," he said.

Food and water was also being sent to flood-affected Grantham residents yesterday, Cr Jones said.

Cr Jones called on residents to avoid non-essential road travel.

"It's still important for residents in Grantham to stay where they are if they can, and if it's safe to do so, as many roads in the Lockyer Valley are still dangerous."

Cr Jones said a burst water main yesterday affected Laidley's water supply.

Queensland Urban Utilities advised the main was underwater.

Residents in some parts of the town were without water for many hours, but QUU said there was no contamination.

Many state schools in the region will be closed today, including Laidley State High School, Laidley District State School and schools in Thornton, Tent Hill Lower, Ropeley, Mt Sylvia, Kentville, Lake Clarendon and Blenheim.

Cr Jones said Council child care centres at Gatton and Kensington Grove would be open tomorrow with minimal staff, and asked parents to keep children at home if child care was not essential.

Check road closures at lockyervalley.qld.gov.au.

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