Ipswich braced for flooding

FLASH flooding is likely to hit the Ipswich area today as heavy rain persists in south-east Queensland.

The Amberley Bureau of Meteorology station recorded 55.6 millimetres in the 24 hours until 9am this morning.

A further 93.8 millimetres fell between 9am and midday.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Geoff Doueal said blocked drains were likely to cause flooding across the Ipswich region.

Council officers are set to close pedestrian access to the River Heart Parklands from both ends as the Bremer River rises.

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There have been reports of schools in Minden sending children home from school as fears of roads being cut off increase.

The Wivenhoe Somerset Road is already closed at the Northbrook Creek crossing at Dundas due to heavy rain.

Police are warning motorists to limit non-essential travel if possible during the heavy rains being experienced.

Elsewhere in the southeast, the weather bureau says coastal streams between Noosa and the NSW border are rising.

Forecaster Jeff Perkins said.areas between Maroochydore and Redcliffe received the highest  falls of up to 150mm in 12 hours.

In the Gold Coast hinterland Tamborine and Springbrook have had  more than 100mm or four inches in the old measure while Brisbane  has recorded 50mm to 99mm.

Heavy rain overnight flooded the Bruce Highway at Caboolture  forcing police to close the southbound lanes, and many local roads  have also been closed.

Strong winds have brought down powerlines across southeast  Queensland - Energex says about 8,000 homes and businesses were  blacked out overnight and this morning - most now have power back  on but more blackouts are expected as the wild weather persists.

Mike Shapland, from Emergency Management Queensland, says crews were called to eight cars stuck in water.

“No-one had to be rescued but motorists must remember the  dangers of flash floods and children should not swim in culverts or  drains,” he said.

 

 



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