Mayor warns of flooding danger

IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale has warned about 20 properties in Ipswich could be inundated by floodwater today and tomorrow.

Cr Pisasale said the most recent weather forecast, Wivenhoe Dam releases and computer modelling predicted a significant rise in the Brisbane and Bremer rivers.

He said Seqwater advised it would increase the releases from last night to 240,000 megalitres a day – up from 116,000 yesterday.

By late this morning the Brisbane River at Colleges Crossing was expected to reach 15 metres and cause up to five homes to be inundated at Karalee.

“This height of the Brisbane River will in turn cause water to push back up the Bremer River,” Cr Pisasale said. “We estimate up to 20 properties could face inundation in Karalee and East Ipswich. We are well prepared and have identified properties to be affected.

“Council is now in the process of contacting residents to advise them of the potential flooding of their dwellings.

“While only a small number of homes will be affected it is no less distressing to residents and we will do all we can to assist.

“Flood hotspots will be closed to traffic, including King Edward Parade, Marsden Parade and Jacaranda Street.”

He said Premier Anna Bligh phoned him yesterday to offer whatever State Government assistance was necessary.

“The SES has sandbags and council crews are on standby to close roads and offer further assistance.

“On behalf of the city I also want to thank all members of emergency services and council officers for keeping the city well informed,” he said.

“Our city is also fortunate to benefit from the flood protection provided by Wivenhoe Dam.”

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