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Flood Latest: Laidley, Lockyer creeks; Bremer, Brisbane rivers

UPDATE 12PM MONDAY: RELEASES from Wivenhoe Dam have ceased temporarily to allow flood peaks emanating from Lockyer Creek and the Bremer River to pass through Brisbane.

Seqwater says once the peaks have passed, releases from Wivenhoe Dam will re-commence to allow the flood waters stored in the dams to be drained.

Twin Bridges, Savages Crossing, Colleges Crossing, Burtons Bridge and Kholo Bridge are currently closed.

These crossings are expected to remain closed for several days. Ipswich and Brisbane City councils have been notified.

Mt Crosby Weir Bridge and Fernvale Bridge may be closed later today due to uncontrolled flows from the Lockyer and from catchments below the dam.

Seqwater says it is liaising with councils regarding this.

UPDATE 11.20AM MONDAY: THE estimated flood peak for Ipswich has been revised to 15m up from 14.5m at the David Trumpy Bridge and it is now expected to peak at 6pm tonight.

The estimated flood peak for Goodna is now estimated to be 10m and is expected to peak tomorrow morning.

A total of 660 properties are expected to potentially be affected by flooding within Ipswich.

Residents and business owners are advised to remain on alert and vigilant regarding the predicted flood peak.

Ipswich City Council is putting all possible resources into the management of the flood situation and will confirm further details as they become available.

An updated list of properties and suburbs and properties potentially at risk of water inundation based on rainfall and flooding modelling provided by the Bureau of Meteorology is now available on council's website at www.ipswich.qld.gov.au

Ipswich City Council has urged all residents to look at this list now and determine if their property is likely to be affected by the coming flood peak.

LATEST: Widespread rainfall totals of 100-300 mm have been recorded since 9am Sunday across the Lower Brisbane and Bremer Rivers, and Lockyer and Laidley creeks, with isolated totals of up to 350mm.

The heaviest rainfall has been recorded in Laidley Creek, Lockyer Valley and Lower Brisbane.

Patchy rainfall is expected across the catchment during Monday morning, but significant totals are not expected.

Laidley Creek: Major flooding continues between Mulgowie and the Laidley Showgrounds, with further rises expected to continue Monday morning.

Lockyer Creek: Minor flooding is occurring in the Lockyer Creek and tributaries above Gatton, with renewed rises and moderate flooding possible with continued rainfall. Moderate flood levels at Gatton will continue to rise during Monday morning. Major flood levels are falling along Sandy Creek at Grantham.

Bremer River: River levels are continuing to rise along the Bremer River and Warrill Creek upstream of Ipswich. Moderate to major flood levels continue to rise along Warrill Creek at Kalbar, Harrisville and Amberley and on the Bremer River at Rosewood and Walloon. Ipswich is expected to exceed the major flood level of 11.7 metres during Monday morning with further rises during Monday afternoon and overnight Monday.

Lower Brisbane River: Minor flooding is expected along the lower Brisbane River downstream of Moggill. At the Brisbane City gauge, minor flood levels are expected on the peak of the high tides from Monday morning to Thursday morning. The highest level is expected on the high tide at 11am Tuesday.

 

UPDATE 5.45AM: The Department of Community Safety reports that there were more than 550 requests for SES assistance in the South East Region, particularly around the Lockyer Valley, Laidley and the Gold Coast.

The most common jobs were leaking roofs, flood water threatening property, sandbagging and fallen trees.

Overnight swift water rescue technicians attended cases in Laidley, Greenbank and Fernvale.

 

1.13AM: Major flooding is expected during the night downstream of Laidley and Gatton in Lockyer Creek and Laidley Creek.

Anyone at risk of flooding should seek higher ground. 

For more information visit lvrc.qld.gov.au or call 1300 005 872.

Only call Triple Zero if you or your property is in danger or if someone is injured.

 

12.38AM:  The Somerset Local Disaster Management Group has issued an Emergency Alert.

This is a flood warning for the Lockyer Creek in the Somerset region.

People in flood prone or low lying areas should consider evacuation or seek higher ground now.

Evacuation Centres have been established at the Fernvale Community Hall and the Lowood Showgrounds.

For more information contact Council on 07 5424 4000. Only call Triple Zero if you or your property is in danger or if someone is injured.

 

9.30PM: Widespread rainfall totals of 50-150mm have been recorded since 9am Sunday across the Lower Brisbane and Bremer Rivers, and Lockyer and Laidley creeks, with isolated totals of up to 250mm.

The heaviest rainfall has been recorded in Laidley Creek, Lockyer Valley and Lower Brisbane.

Further heavy rainfall is expected for at least the next 6 to 9 hours.

Laidley Creek: Major flooding continues between Mulgowie and the Laidley Showgrounds, with further rises expected to continue overnight Sunday.

Lockyer Creek: Minor flooding is occurring in the Lockyer Creek and tributaries above Gatton, with renewed rises and moderate flooding possible with continued rainfall.

Moderate flood levels at Gatton will continue to rise overnight Sunday and Monday. Major flood levels along Sandy Creek at Grantham are expected to continue overnight Sunday with renewed rises possible.

Bremer River: River levels are continuing to rise along the Bremer River and Warrill Creek upstream of Ipswich. Based on forecast rainfall, major flood levels are expected along Warrill Creek at Kalbar, Harrisville and Amberley. Major flood levels are also expected along the Bremer River at Rosewood and Walloon tonight, and at Ipswich during Monday. Ipswich is expected to exceed the major flood level of 11.7 metres by midday Monday with further rises.

Lower Brisbane River: Based on forecast rainfall, minor flooding is expected along the lower Brisbane River downstream of Moggill. At the Brisbane City gauge, minor flood levels are expected on the peak of the high tides from Monday morning to Thursday morning. The highest level is expected on the high tides at 11am Tuesday and 11am Wednesday.

 

5.30PM: A flooding emergency alert has been issued for the Laidley area by the Department of Community Safety.

The Lockyer Valley Regional Council advises Laidley Creek is expected to peak at 5.30pm with major flooding to 2011 levels in town.

People have been advised to warn others and self evacuate to Laidley High School, Edward Street.

Residents seeking shelter in the evacuation centre should bring:

  • Multiple changes of clothes for all household members
  • Bedding - pillows, sleeping bags
  • Medication and prescriptions
  • Extra toiletry
  • Baby food/formula/nappies
  • Valualables and a mobile phone
  • A list of emergency contact telephone numbers
  • Esky with food, if possible

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones, said the Council's Disaster Coordination Centre is currently monitoring local creeks and issuing alerts through the local media, including ABC Radio and River 949.

"Residents should be aware that we are predicted to receive more heavy rain and the wind will intensify over the next few hours and in to this evening," Cr Jones said.

"For up to date information, residents are asked to monitor Council's Facebook page which is available through our website at lockyervalley.qld.gov.au.

Further advice is available by calling 1300 005 872.

Advice is also available from your local radio station or by logging on to disaster.qld.gov.au.

Only call Triple Zero if you or your property is in danger or if someone is injured.

The community will be notified when there is no longer a flooding threat.

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