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FLOODED: Towns across the South Burnett are isolated due to heavy rain.
FLOODED: Towns across the South Burnett are isolated due to heavy rain. Rowan Hunnam

TORRENTIAL rain has caused major flooding in areas across the region.

As at 9am today Kingaroy has experienced 234mm of rain.

South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said all highways across the region were closed.

"There is no way in or out of the towns at the moment," he said.

"This has shades of the 2011 floods.

"We had the same volume of water over a few days then but this time we've had rain coming down over the past 24 hours."

Cr Kratzmann said the council's disaster management plan had been activated with some people being evacuated from Nanango.

"We also have holiday makers stranded in Proston," he said.

State Emergency Service crews have been sandbagging all over Kingaroy in about 20 locations.

North-east of Kingaroy flooded houses in Goomeri, Kilkivan and Woolooga have also been evacuated.

And just outside of Goomeri the Burnett Hwy has been closed off to traffic due to flooding and motorists have been advised to seek an alternative route.

Gordonbrook Dam's emergency action plan has also been activated with the dam level currently at 1.3m over the spillway and rising.

Residents downstream from the Stuart River are advised to monitor flood levels and contact the South Burnett Regional Council if evacuation is necessary.

To get up-to-date traffic information visit the Traffic and Travel Information website.

Update: Evacuation centres have been set up in Murgon and Proston. The centres are providing bedding, food, entertainment and current updates on the flood situation. Currently across the region 100 people are being accommodated.

More to come.

Topics:  floods kingaroy rain roads weather

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