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Worst of floods crisis over by Thursday, says Premier

The Rockhampton area was the scene of one of the most dramatic flood rescues.
The Rockhampton area was the scene of one of the most dramatic flood rescues. Allan Reinikka

THE Queensland flood crisis should ease by Thursday, with the exception of Rockhampton which has a large body of waters heading towards it this weekend.

Premier Campbell Newman said he hoped Queensland would be through the worst of the state-wide emergency "in about two to three days".

Bureau of Meteorology regional manager Robb Webb said there had been a "fairly large drop in rainfall intensity" over the past 24 hours.

"These floodwaters over the big catchments, say the Burnett and the Fitzroy, … will be there for a few days yet, Rockhampton right through to the weekend if not after," he said.

"Those places will keep flooding.

"Some of the smaller catchments should drain out.

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"In Brisbane we'll see peaks on the high tide for a few days at least.

"Bundaberg has been rapidly rising for the last day.

"There is more water coming but it should really slow down and gradually rise from now but it is at record levels, up over 9m.

"It will keep rising but it should level out but stay up at those extreme levels."

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RESTORED COMMUNICATIONS

TELSTRA is progressively restoring communication services to Central Queensland after fixing a fibre-optic cable.

Severe flooding caused the issues, with continued bad weather hampering restoration efforts.

Mr Newman earlier said he did not expect communications to the state's centre to be restored until Monday evening.

He said he understood Telstra was trying to find another way to get voice and data communications back into Queensland by trying to connect the state from the west and the north.

 

But Mr Newman said he did tell media later the same day that Telstra had confirmed the problem had been fixed and was progressively restoring services.

"There are two fibre optic cables which connect Queensland's southern part to the centre and the north," he said.

"One goes up the coast and one goes up an inland route.

"What we had when we woke up this morning was two breaks, one near Kingaroy and another at Colosseum, between Bundaberg and Gladstone.

"Both places had a break in that cable. Crews out trying to fix it, working on it now."

Telstra reported further damage to a back-up cable north of Harlin, which along with a number of power outages, resulted in the loss of most landline and broadband services in Mackay, Freshwater, Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville, Mount Isa and Gladstone.

BURRUM HEADS TORNADO DAMAGE BELOW

Many 2G, 3G and 4G mobile services throughout Central and Northern Queensland have also been impacted.

Topics:  campbell newman, flooding, oswald, queensland




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