Reader Matthew Robson captured this scene of flooding at Esk on the afternoon of Monday, January 10.
Reader Matthew Robson captured this scene of flooding at Esk on the afternoon of Monday, January 10.

Floods force home evacuations

HUNDREDS of Lockyer Valley residents are tonight being evacuated as floodwaters reach record highs across the region.

The Lockyer Creek burst its banks this afternoon at Helidon with several residents being rescued from homes as an urgent priority.

There are fears the small town of Grantham will go completely under.

The Lockyer creek at Helidon rose 8.5 meters in 66 minutes up until 3pm and its feared the worst is yet to come.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said: “The devastation is so bad I don’t know what we are going to do”.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale tonight warned Ipswich homes could be at risk of flooding on Tuesday and Wednesday as water is released from Wivenhoe Dam into already engorged rivers and creeks.

Overnight rain lifted the Wivenhoe Dam's level to more than 145 per cent and the Somerset Dam to 150 per cent.

Releases are being made from the Wivenhoe but a SEQ Water Grid statement said "significant quantities" of water have been held back to manage impacts downstream.

The releases have caused the closure of Colleges Crossing, the Mt Crosby weir bridge and the Moggill Ferry.

More than 70mm of rain was recorded at the Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM) Amberley recording station in the 24 hours up to 9am Monday morning.

The BOM is predicting more rain and possible thunderstorms for Monday and Tuesday. More rain is expected to impact the region until Sunday.

Ipswich City Council works committee chair Trevor Nardi said it was “all hands on deck” for road maintenance crews as they battled pot holes and other damage across the city.

“It's more frustrating for the residents than it is for the crews,” Cr Nardi said.

“We could still get months of wet weather, from the predictions. We could be busy for the next few months.”

He said the estimated clean up cost for Ipswich was still between $750,000 and $1 million.



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