A motorists driving through floodwaters at Smiths Rd, Goodna.
A motorists driving through floodwaters at Smiths Rd, Goodna. Contributed

Power outages, heavy rain add to Ipswich's woes

UPDATE 5PM:

Trees across power lines and power outages are adding to residents woes across Ipswich as heavy rain continues to fall across southeast Queensland.

At 5pm the Energex website recorded 839 homes without power all due to trees across power lines.

The suburbs affected are Brassall (283), Chuwar (19), Muirlea (62), North Ipswich (425), Pine Mountain (49) and Tivoli (1).

More than to 46mm of rain has drenched Ipswich already today but more is expected tonight and at the weekend. 

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded 46.4mm at Amberley since 9am and 13.6mm at Gatton. It's not quite hitting the February average of 119.7mm.

BoM has issued a warning for people in parts of southeast Queensland between Brisbane and Warwick, including Ipswich for six hourly rainfalls of  up to 130mm and potential flash flooding.

A very moist air mass will combine with a coastal trough to produce areas of heavy rain across southeast Queensland today and into Saturday morning.

Heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, is happening across areas south of Brisbane to Warwick.

Six hourly rainfall totals of 90mm to 130mm are possible, with isolated heavier falls up to 180mm possible.

Over the next 24 hour rainfall totals of 150mm to 250mm are likely, with isolated heavier falls up to 300mm possible about the Gold Coast hinterland and the southern border ranges.

UPDATE 1PM: Councillor Paul Tully has released a video showing swift-flowing water in Woogaroo Creek. 

Standing at the mouth of the creek with the Brisbane River, Cr Tully said some Goodna residents had called him with concerns about the level of rain. 

"There's really nothing to worry about," he said.

UPDATE 10.30AM: IPSWICH residents should brace for more heavy rain today and into Saturday morning, BoM warns.

The warning is for people in parts of South East Queensland between Brisbane and Warwick, including Ipswich for six hourly rainfalls of  up to 130mm and potential flash flooding.

A very moist air mass will combine with a coastal trough to produce areas of heavy rain across southeast Queensland today and into Saturday morning.

Heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, is happening across areas south of Brisbane to Warwick.

Six hourly rainfall totals of 90mm to 130mm are possible, with isolated heavier falls up to 180mm possible.

Over the next 24 hour rainfall totals of 150mm to 250mm are likely, with isolated heavier falls up to 300mm possible about the Gold Coast hinterland and the southern border ranges.

Conditions are expected to ease on Sunday morning.

More than 70mm has fallen in the three hours to 9.45am at Flagstone Creek (west of Jimboomba).

 

UPDATE 10AM: AN EARLIER crash that caused chaos on the Ipswich Mwy has been cleared but wet conditions are still making roads around Ipswich a disaster zone.

A car caught fire on the Warrego Hwy at Karalee only hours after two cars collided on the Ipswich Mwy at Riverview.

Emergency services are encouraging drivers to take caution on the roads.


INITIAL: COMMUTERS trying to make their way out of Ipswich this morning are fresh out of luck after a traffic crash has blocked a major highway intersection. 

There are some delays at the Ipswich Mwy on ramp at the intersection with the Warrego Hwy at Riverview following a crash at 8am.

Emergency services are still on their way but initial reports suggest multiple people are injured.

It comes as rain continues to drench the city with up to 35mm expected to fall over the next two days.

The Bureau of Meteorology is warning of heavy falls all day with the the chance of a possible thunderstorm later in the afternoon. 

Forecaster Sam Clark said the rain Ipswich was experiencing was off the back of heavier falls further north and in other parts of the state.

While Ipswich is yet to see any evidence of river flooding as in other cities, Mr Clark said locals should continue to expect solid rainfalls as a weather system moved along the coast and towards Ipswich for the next few days.

Despite the early lack of flooding, SES are reminding drivers not to drive into flood waters.



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