UPDATE 3.35PM

THE Bremer River has peaked at 12.35m, not 14m as the Bureau of Meteorology was originally expecting.

The river peaked at noon today and as of 3.08pm has receded to 12.2m.

Bundamba Creek peaked at 16.41m at Bundamba school at 2.30pm today.

The Brisbane River at Colleges peaked at 4.12m this morning at 5.30am and is now down to 3.32m.

Water levels at Deebing Creek at Churchill reached 18.49m at 12.25pm and is now sitting at 17.39m.

Today the closure of important routes into Ipswich has caused traffic chaos in the CBD and some headaches for police.

The Hancock Bridge at Brassall, One Mile Bridge at West Ipswich and the Deebing Creek crossing on Warwick Rd, Ipswich, are all flooded, bringing additional traffic through the centre of town.

Yamanto Police Communications Centre coordinator Acting Sergeant Mel Aland says it has been a challenge to get crews to where they are required.

"We've seen some stupidity at Lobb St with people trying to cross flood water, but most people have been okay so far," Sgt Aland said.

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"Traffic has been chaotic around those flooded bridges where people can't get through."

UPDATE 2PM:

WATER in the Bremer River is still expected to peak at 14m this afternoon, nothing like Ipswich saw in the 2011 floods where levels rose to more than 19m.

Ipswich Council predicts about 200 homes have been affected by flood water, with most of those only seeing some flooding in their yards.

UPDATE 1.30PM

HEAD Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson Danita Matusch has confirmed the Bremer River is expected to peak at levels similar to the 2013 floods.

The river is expected to peak at 14m at about 3pm today.

"Major flood levels are occurring on the tributaries of the lower Brisbane River including the Bremer, Laidley and Warrill Creek," Ms Matusch said.

"Major flood levels in Amberley (will be) similar to the 2011 flood in this area."

UPDATE 1.00PM:

A PEAK of 14m is still expected for the Bremer River today.

The river is currently sitting at 12.35m and is expected to peak at 3pm.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a major flood warning for the Bremer River shortly after 10am.

Orion Lagoon, Rosewood Swim Centre, Leichhardt Swim Centre and Goodna Swim Centre have reopened

The three sandbag sites closed at 10am today with stock available still at Limestone Park.

Now only 49 homes are without power in Ipswich compared to 906 this morning.

Up to 15 homes in the Somerset have no power and there are still 1224 outages in the Scenic Rim.

Earlier this morning there were 185 homes without power in the Lockyer Valley. All of those outages have now been fixed.

UPDATE 12.12PM:

THE Bremer River is sitting at 12.35m at David Trumpy Bridge and still rising.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a major flood warning for the Bremer River shortly after 10am.

Major flood warnings have also been issued for Lockyer, Laidley and Warrill Creeks and a minor flood warning for the Brisbane River to Tamborine Mountain.

While waters are continuing to rise in parts of the Bremer River no further rain is expected today.

"For today and the next couple of days we are not expecting any additional rainfall," a Bureau spokesperson said.

"That rainfall associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie is weakening significantly and moved offshore.

"The additional cloud cover meant it's been much."

The major flood levels may reach 8.12m at Amberley, similar to the 2011 flood in this area.

The Brisbane River at Brisbane City may reach the minor flood level (1.70 m) overnight Friday into Saturday on the high tide.

The heavy rainfall has cleared the Brisbane River catchment after midnight Thursday.

Lockyer and Laidley Creeks:

Moderate to major flood levels are still being recorded in the Lockyer and Laidley Creek catchments.

The Lockyer Creek at Gatton peaked at 6.40 metres around 02:00 am Friday 31 March. The Lockyer Creek at Gatton is currently at 3.24 metres and falling. The Lockyer Creek at Gatton will remain below the minor flood level (7.00 m) during Friday.

There is currently no data available at Laidley. The Laidley Creek at Laidley is expected to fall below the major flood level (7.00 m) Friday morning.

Bremer River and Warrill Creek:

Major flooding is occurring along the Bremer River and Warrill Creek.

The Bremer River at Rosewood peaked at 6.62 metres around 01:00 am Friday 31 March and is currently at 5.56 metres and falling. The Bremer River at Rosewood is expected to fall below the moderate flood level (5.00 m) Friday afternoon.

The Bremer River at Five Mile Bridge peaked at 8.00 metres around 04:00 am Friday 31 March and is currently at 7.50 metres and falling. The Bremer River at Five Mile Bridge is likely to fall below the major flood level (7.00 m) Friday afternoon.

The Bremer River at Walloon peaked at 9.45 metres around 07:00 am Friday 31 March and is currently at 9.16 metres and falling. The Bremer River at Walloon is expected to fall below the major flood level (8.50 m) Friday afternoon.

The Bremer River at Ipswich is currently at 11.90 metres and rising. The Bremer River at Ipswich is likely to peak near 14.00 metres Friday afternoon.

River level data at Kalbar is currently unavailable. The Warrill Creek at Kalbar is likely to fall below the major flood level (9.00 m) Friday morning.

The Warrill Creek at Harrisville peaked at 5.85 metres around 01:00 am Friday 31 March and is currently at 5.72 metres and falling. The Warrill Creek at Harrisville is likely to remain above the major flood level (5.00 m) during Friday.

The Warrill Creek at Amberley is currently at 8.02 metres and rising. The Warrill Creek at Amberley is likely to peak around 8.12 metres Friday morning. This is similar to the 2011 flood level in Amberley.

Brisbane River downstream of Wivenhoe Dam:

Minor flooding may occur along the Brisbane River in Brisbane City.

The Brisbane River at Brisbane City may reach the minor flood level (1.70 m) overnight Friday into Saturday.

UPDATE 10.47AM: 

THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a major flood warning for the Bremer River.

Major flood warnings have also been issued for Lockyer, Laidley and Warrill Creeks and a minor flood warning for the Brisbane River to Tamborine Mountain.

While waters are continuing to rise in parts of the Bremer River no further rain is expected today.

"For today and the next couple of days we are not expecting any additional rainfall," a Bureau spokesperson said.

"That rainfall associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie is weakening significantly and moved offshore.

"The additional cloud cover meant it's been much cooler."

 

UPDATE 9.30AM: 

THE Bremer River hit 11.9m in Ipswich at 9.38am and is still rising. 

High tide for the Brisbane River is expected at 12.15pm and forecasters expect the Bremer to peak around a similar time at 14m. 

Hanckocks Bridge at Brassall hit 13.97 at 9.35am and at 6.30am Warrill Creek at Kalbur was steady at 12m, 5m above the bridge. 

Commuters from North Ipswich faced lengthy delays this morning to reach to the CBD.

For some it took more than an hour to travel the usual 15 minute journey. 

UPDATE 8.49AM:

A FLOOD peak of the Bremer River in the Ipswich CBD of around 14m is expected at lunch time today,

Mayor Paul Pisasale held a flood briefing and gave the QT the latest update, which included the news that only 12 Ipswich people used the flood evacuation centre at the Ipswich Showgrounds last night.

Cr Pisasale said that Orion Lagoon and all council swim centres other than at Bundamba had re-opened this morning.

He said it was anticipated that the Bundamba Swim Centre would reopen on Saturday.

Other news from the briefing was as follows:

  • Last night the swift water team rescued two people from a car when they attempted to drive through the flooded Karrabin-Rosewood Rd at Campbell's Gully. The road was already closed at the time.
  • Karrabin-Rosewood has sustained significant damage and will remain closed until further notice. Detours are om place.
  • The Hancock Bridge is closed.
  • Residents in Videroni St at Bundamba were evacuated last night but they weren't taken to the flood evacuation centre at the Ipswich Showgrounds. The lower storey of a two-storey house was inundated.
  • Emergency crews responded to large trees being down at Brassall, Springfield and Bellbird Park last night.
  • The peak of Warrill Creek will nudge 2011 levels, but emergency services do not foresee any major issues
The Bremer River at 7.45am this morning.
The Bremer River at 7.45am this morning.

 

UPDATE 8.10AM

UP TO 20 homes have been flooded in low lying areas in Walloon, Rosewood and Thagoona, Cr David Pahlke said.

"These are houses with water in them mainly in the lower levels," Cr Pahlke said.

"They are in the typical hotspot places near the Bremer River, gullies and creek crossings."

Cr Pahlke said there were fears for homes in Rosewood and Walloon last night who were on the verge of evacuation.

"Residents in flood prone areas in Rosewood in Walloon were contacted about a possible evacuation about 11pm last night but they did not evacuate," he said.

"That is near the railway station at Walloon and just outside of Rosewood in Keanes Rd near the Bremer River.

"It was better to play it on the side of caution."

Cr Pahlke said he did not want to downplay any impact the recent rains have had, but added that previous flooding in his division was far worse.

"The flooding is nothing like 2008, 2011 and 2013," Cr Pahlke said.

"People forget that November, 2008 was worse for this area than Ipswich and worse than 2011 in some places.

"This time it has depended where the rain fell and on the catchment.

"At the newsagency this morning I got my papers and a lady told me they had had 221mm at Marburg.

"They were predicting 300 to 500 but we never got anywhere near that."

UPDATE 7.30AM

THERE are currently 906 emergency power outages in Ipswich City with 844 of those in the suburb of Karalee.

Up to 49 homes in Gailes, 11 in Chuwar and two at Barellan Point  are also without power.

There are 185 homes without power in the Lockyer Valley with the majority of those in Lockyer Waters.

The Scenic Rim has been hardest hit with 1452 homes in the local government area without power with Beaudesert the worst affected area.

UPDATE 7AM

DESPITE rising waters Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has said she is not expecting Ipswich homes to be affected.

"We also have some rising flood waters around the Bremer but we're not expecting houses to be impacted at this stage," she told the Today Show this morning.

"If it's flooded forget it. I can't have my emergency services personnel diverted when I'm looking at saving people's lives, especially with those rising flood waters."

UPDATE 6AM

MAJOR flood levels may reach similar levels to the 2011 in some areas of the Ipswich region. The Bureau of Meteorology has warned waters could rise to 8.12 metres at Amberley, similar to the 2011 flood in this area.

Major flooding has occurred along the Bremer River and Warrill Creek overnight with water levels expected rise throughout this morning.

River levels

  • The Bremer River at Rosewood is currently at 6.62 metres and steady. The Bremer River at Rosewood is expected to remain around 6.62 metres during early Friday morning. The river level is expected to fall below the major flood level (6 m) late this morning.
  • The Bremer River at Five Mile Bridge is currently at 7.96 metres and rising with major flooding. The Bremer River at Five Mile Bridge is likely to peak near 8.30 metres this morning.
  • The Bremer River at Walloon is currently at 9.22 metres and rising with major flooding. The Bremer River at Walloon is expected to reach around 9.50 metres this morning.
  • The Bremer River at Ipswich is currently at 9.75 metres and rising with moderate flooding. The Bremer River at Ipswich is expected to reach the major flood level (11.70 m) late this morning. The river level is likely to reach around 14 metres this afternoon.
  • River level data at Kalbar is currently unavailable. The Warrill Creek at Kalbar is likely to fall below the major flood level (9 m) this morning.
  • The Warrill Creek at Harrisville is at 5.78 metres and falling with major flooding. The Warrill Creek at Harrisville is likely to fall below the minor flood level (3m) during this morning.
  • The Warrill Creek at Amberley is at 7.78 metres and rising. The Warrill Creek at Amberley may reach around 8.12 metres early Friday morning. This is similar to the 2011 flood level in Amberley.
  • Major flood levels are currently occurring on the tributaries of the lower Brisbane River, including the Bremer River and Laidley and Warrill Creeks.
  • Major flood levels may reach 8.12 metres at Amberley, similar to the 2011 flood in this area.
  • Major flood levels may have reached 8.95 metres at Laidley, which is similar to the 2013 flood in this area.
  • The Brisbane River at Brisbane City may reach the minor flood level (1.7m) overnight Friday into Saturday on the high tide.
  • Major flood levels are falling between Mulgowie and Showground Weir on Laidley Creek. Moderate to major flood levels are still being recorded in the Lockyer and Laidley Creek catchments.
  • The Lockyer Creek at Gatton peaked at 6.40 metres around 02:00 am Friday 31 March. The Lockyer Creek at Gatton is currently at 4.48 metres and falling. The Lockyer Creek at Gatton will remain below the minor flood level (7.00 m) during Friday.
  • There is currently no data available at Laidley. The Laidley Creek at Laidley is expected to fall below the major flood level (7.00 m) Friday morning.

UPDATE 8.20PM

WIND and rain is battering parts of Ipswich and a major flood warning has been issued.

Since 9am about 130mm has fallen across the district and 59km/h wind gusts were recorded at Amberley, at 8.30pm.

The Bremer River is rising and expected to reach the major flood level at Walloon (details below).

Earlier firefighters rescued two people from a car stuck in floodwaters at Marburg on Louisa St.

A severe weather warning remains in place across large parts of south east Queensland where damaging wind gusts, up to 90km/ h have been recorded.

At 4pm EST the centre of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie was just to the east of Miles. 

The centre is now moving over the south east.

Heavy rainfall is expected to continue into the night but clearing tomorrow morning.

River levels

  • River level rises above minor flood levels are occurring on the Bremer River and Warrill Creek during Thursday evening, with further rises to moderate and major flood levels possible.
  • The Bremer River at Rosewood is currently at 2.88 metres and rising. The Bremer River at Rosewood will exceed the moderate flood level (5.00 m) Thursday evening. The river level is likely to reach the major flood level (6.00 m) overnight Thursday into Friday.
  • The Bremer River at Five Mile Bridge is currently at 3.82 metres and rising. The Bremer River at Five Mile Bridge is likely to exceed the moderate flood level (5.50 m) late Thursday evening. The river level is likely to reach the major flood level (7.00 m) early Friday morning.
  • The Bremer River at Walloon is currently at 5.66 metres and rising. The Bremer River at Walloon is likely to reach the major flood level (8.50 m) overnight Thursday into Friday.
  • The Bremer River at Ipswich may reach the minor flood level (7.00 m) overnight Thursday into Friday. Higher levels are likely.
  • The Warrill Creek at Kalbar is currently at 8.00 metres and rising. The Warrill Creek at Kalbar is likely to exceed the major flood level (9.00 m) overnight Thursday into Friday.
  • The Warrill Creek at Harrisville is currently at 4.98 metres and rising. The Warrill Creek at Harrisville is expected to remain above the major flood level (5.00 m) overnight Thursday into Friday.
  • The Warrill Creek at Amberley is currently at 5.10 metres and rising. The Warrill Creek at Amberley will exceed the moderate flood level (5.50 m) late Thursday evening. The river level is likely to exceed the major flood level (6.50 m) overnight Thursday into Friday.

FULL ALERT HERE

UPDATE 7.20PM

MORE than 200 homes in the Ipswich region are without power tonight due to severe weather damage.

Most of those homes are in the Grandchester area.

The Energex website says the the next updates on those outages are due at 11.30am tomorrow.

 

UPDATE 6.50PM:

THUNDERSTORMS moving towards Ipswich are expected to about 7.30pm.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, about 6.40 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Lake Samsonvale, Dayboro and Mount Nebo. These thunderstorms are moving towards the south southeast.

They are forecast to affect Fernvale, Enoggera Reservoir and Samford by 7.05 pm and Ipswich, Wacol and Archerfield by 7.35 pm.

Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely.

The next warning is due to be issued by 7.45 pm.

 

UPDATE 5.30PM:

RESIDENTS are being warned the wild weather and heavy rain fall will continue into the night.

Based on the latest information from Ipswich City Council residents can expect up to 150 mm over the next six hours.

SES volunteers will again head out to doorknock residents in areas prone to flash flooding around Goodna and Bundamba.

Councillor Cheryl Bromage says the disaster centre will operate through the night and provide updates as the weather develops.

Cr Bromage warned people not to be complacent, more heavy falls are on the way.

"People should stay inside and stay off the roads," Cr Bromage said.

"This rain event is far from over."

 She said a team of experts would be monitoring weather modelling throughout the night. 

Today the SES has answered about 200 calls from Ipswich residents alone. 

UPDATE 3.35PM:

THE emergency evacuation centre at the Ipswich Showgrounds is now open.

Ipswich City Council is not asking anyone to evacuate but it is there for residents who wish to utilise it.

Upcoming updates from the Bureau of Meteorology will provide more information for residents about potential Bremer River flooding while rainfall later this afternoon will also be a key to determining whether people need to leave their homes.

UPDATE 3.15PM:

VOLUNTEERS have shovelled more than 50 tonnes of sand into bags to help residents in flood prone areas; mostly by hand.

Dozens of SES and Ipswich City Council staff spent hours working in the rain this morning and this afternoon.

About 9.30am the line to collect sand bags at Limestone Park, Ipswich CBD stretched past the end of the park and past the closest intersection.

Some residents expressed anger sand bags weren't made available earlier than 8am this morning.

More heavy rain is on the way and authorities say the severe weather warning is still in place.

Ipswich SES officers have been called to task almost 150 times today, the majority to help with sandbagging.

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UPDATE 1.35PM:

AN EVEN heavier mass of rain is about to hit Ipswich says the Bureau of Meteorology.

Forecaster Rick Threlfall said parts of Ipswich could see up to 200mm this afternoon and tonight.

"In the Ipswich area itself we have had 5mm since 9am this morning in addition to the 95mm overnight but there is still a fair bit more to come," he said.

"The rainfall is expected to continue through most of today and into the early hours of tomorrow before it starts to shift offshore.

"In this next large area of rainfall Ipswich will get 50-100mm easily but if you get caught in one of the intense bands you could see in excess of 200mm is possible."

The Bremer is sitting about 2 metres, nowhere near the flood levels seen during the 2011 and 2013 flood events.

Flash flooding due to heavy rainfall is the issue for many areas across Ipswich and there is more rain on the way.

Mr Threlfall said the rain had eased off at the moment but there were signs of heavier rain starting to develop.

"It looks as if it will intensify," he said.

Ipswich Council plans to open an evacuation centre this afternoon at the showgrounds however Scenic Rim Council have no plans to open one at this stage.

An SRRC spokesperson said weather conditions were being monitored however there was no immediate need for an evacuation centre as yet.

Damaging winds are more likely along the coastal strips but you could get the odd wind gusts up to 90km in Ipswich which could cause some damage.

"A significant change in the weather will occur over the weekend it should be mostly sunny and way less humid than it has been in Ipswich."

UPDATE 12.30PM:

A CREEK has broken its banks, a water main has burst and council has opened an evacuation centre as flash flooding continues to close roads around Ipswich and the Scenic Rim.

Devon Drive at Bellbird Park is closed after Woogaroo Creek has broken its banks.

A water main has also burst just off School Rd, Redbank Plains and has been surging for two hours.

Queensland Urban Utilities is yet to arrive and fix the problem.

"What residents are concerned about is it has taken two hours for QUU to arrive and a phenomenal amount of water is coming out," Goodna Cr Paul Tully said.

An evacuation centre will open this afternoon at the Ipswich Showgrounds for residents who are experiencing the worst of the heavy rain and flooding.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the council had partnered with the Red Cross to provide shelter.

There are signs in the driveway of the Ipswich Showgrounds pointing people where to go, and there is also provision for pets.

"This is for people in low lying areas that do flood and we want to make sure we are prepared," Cr Pisasale said.

"We are providing shelter for people like we have done in the past.

"The Red Cross will look after them with food and blankets and they will have whatever they need."

While the rain has lessened for a short time the Bureau of Meteorology predicts the heaviest rain is yet to come and will hit Ipswich this afternoon.

UPDATE 11AM: 

THE RSPCA is preparing to evacuate the animals from its Ipswich campus on Hooper St.

"We have had to evacuate the Ipswich pound to the showgrounds," RSPCA spokesperson Michael Beatty said.

"Staff have been told it probably will go under and it's better safe than sorry.

"There are about 100 animals and they are preparing to move them now."

Staff are working quickly to prepare blankets, food and bedding for the animals before clearing out of the shelter.

The decision to evacuate was made following advice water levels from the nearby Deebing Creek, known to rise rapidly, could reach the centre's main building.

The RSPCA is pleading with people not to ignore warnings and more their animals to higher ground.

A number of calls have come through to the animal welfare organisation from residents who did not prepare.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said one woman abused an ambulance officer because they weren't able to get an ambulance in to rescue her horse.

"When asked why she had't moved it she said she didn't know it would get this bad," Mr Beatty said.

"It's very frustrating. People must plan for the worst and hope for the best."

Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale asked residents to remain calm when he spoke on 612 ABC Radio with to Craig Zonca this morning.

"I'm at Limestone Park and my message is that I want people to stay calm," he said.

"In 2011 we learned a lot so today we are ahead of the game so I want people to be safe and to contact council if they need anything.

"We have set up a site called My Alert which can let you know about all the roads that are closed

"I'll say it again, please, don't drive through flooded roads."

Cr Pisasale asked Ipswich to band together as a community.

"We have a free automatic sandbagging machine here, it's the best thing we have invested in," he said.

"Everyone is out there helping each other, that's what Ipswich is all about.

"The Bremer River will be receive low level flooding, so people know what to do and if you are in a low lying area or in an area where we know where it floods, be careful and stay indoors."

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UPDATE 10AM: 

HUNDREDS are lined up to collect sand bags at Limestone Park. 

The rain has eased and water is well below the Lobb St Bridge, although more rain is on the way. 

Bottled water is flying off the shelves at Coles in the CBD as residents rush to stock up at the last minute. 

Brassall Resident Tim Acutt was sent home from work and stopped in to buy supplies. 

His home is on a hill but he had empathy for people in low lying areas who was fearful flash flooding would close surrounding roads.

EARLIER:

ROADS and sporting fields are flooded following last night's deluge as Ipswich braces for conditions to worsen into the afternoon.

Residents awoke this morning to find driveways washed out after about 80mm of rain fell across Ipswich overnight.

Photos are emerging from Goodna and Bundamba where roads are closed as water levels in creeks rise.

But the worst is yet to come with authorities warning residents to expect widespread falls between 200mm and 400mm along with strong wind gusts.  

Public transport around south east Queensland will be free from 10am to help people get home before the severe weather sets in.

Line to collect sand bags at Limestone Park, Thursday morning 10am

 



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