More rain thrashes Lockyer Valley

THE deluge continued across the Lockyer Valley late last night in what the region's mayor described as an “atomic bomb”.

Thousands of residents were evacuated from several towns as flash flooding inundated the region in only a few hours.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said the region looked like it has been hit by “Cyclone Tracy”.

“I was just coming back from Withcott when all the heavy rain started. I was driving across about 10 inches of water and a wall of water just came down, picked my ute up and pushed it sidewards. It's gone now,” Cr Jones said.

“If it had been a little car it would have killed everyone in it.”

Cr Jones said cars had been swept from a service station and into shops.

“There's petrol pumps taken out and taken half a kilometre down the road. It's like Cyclone Tracy hit it.”

Cr Jones said about 1000 people, including stranded motorists, were involved.

“There's houses off the stumps at Postman's Ridge and taken down the creek, possibly two or three.”

Hundreds of residents were left without power across the region for several hours as floodwaters rapidly rose across the area.

Lockyer Creek burst its banks near Helidon at 4pm, with emergency services flocking to the region to help evacuate close to 100 people.

The Lockyer creek at Helidon rose 8.5 metres in 66 minutes up until 3pm.

An emergency evacuation centre was set up at the Gatton Shire Hall in North Street last night to accommodate residents who were evacuated from their homes in Grantham, Helidon and the low-lying parts of Gatton.

Residents in Grantham were being airlifted to safety from the roofs of their homes in the town.

Hundreds of residents at Glenore Grove were left stranded in their homes as floodwaters peaked at 13 metres yesterday afternoon.

Close to 100 roads in and out of the Lockyer Valley have been cut by floodwaters and people are advised to avoid driving wherever possible.

Cr Jones said the region was “an absolute disaster”.

“I have no idea how we are going to fix this. At the moment I'm flooded in and can't even get out to anyone to help them,” Cr Jones said.

“The devastation is so bad I don't know what we are going to do. It's worse than Cyclone Tracy. It's total devastation out here.”



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