A woman has had a lucky escape from a flooded out in Queensland’s Western Downs, due to concerns about more rain in southern Queensland.
- Authorities are focused on Cecil Plains, Surat, Condamine, Tallwood and Goondiwindi
- River levels in these cities will be closely monitored for several days
- The Bureau of Meteorology says more rain is expected later in the week
Condamine grazier Doug Browne said he spotted the woman on the roof of the nightclub on Springvale Road.
“She was very, very lucky I was nearby on a jet ski after checking my cattle,” Mr Browne said.
Clean-up is underway in the border communities of Goondiwindi and Inglewood amid a brief respite from last week’s flooding rain.
But on Sunday morning, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Greg Leach expressed concern about the potential for more heavy rainfall, hail and strong winds in southeastern Queensland later in the day.
He said that because the catchment area was already soaked, more falls could lead to flooding.
“We ask people living in these catchments to monitor the Bureau of Meteorology today and make sure they keep up to date with where these storm cells may occur,” said Commissioner Leach.
“In the last 24 hours, the state emergency services have made 27 requests for assistance, and we have also participated in six rapid water rescue events.
“Our fast water technicians took part in a submerged vehicle in the Gympie to check that there were no passengers inside, and fortunately that was the case. They also helped the Queensland ambulance treat a patient who was isolated from floods, and we helped also a stranded motorist trying to gain access to a dam in Cecil Plains. “
He said the focus of flood activity in the next few days would be on Cecil Plains, Surat, Condamine, Tallwood and Goondiwindi.
Commissioner Leach said Inglewood, Texas, Roma, Taroom, Warwick and Yelarbon were no longer in danger, but residents should not be complacent.
“We will keep our focus on the weather conditions over the next few days, because with such a wide catchment area, we need to be aware of any increase in river levels,” he said.
Goondiwindi Shire Mayor Lawrence Springborg said floods are moving towards Mungindi and over into New South Wales.
He surveyed the area by helicopter and said from the air that he could see that there were many crops completely underwater.
“As it goes further down, it will also be backed up a little bit by the floods of a few weeks ago and will also encounter floods from the Weir River, which runs at very high altitudes.
“It is likely that we will see rural properties downstream of Goondiwindi, which will be isolated for at least a few days and possibly longer than a month.”
He said with extensive damage to railway lines, the region will struggle for some time to “recover and recover”.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the floods at Goondiwindi were at 10.28 meters and fell on Sunday morning.
“We will not return the hospital and elderly patients yet. We will just watch and monitor the weather next week,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
She said water network supplies in southeastern Queensland had been increased to 61.8 percent.
“This is welcome news. As I mentioned the other day, we obviously do not need to have these water restrictions in place in the southeast over the summer.”
Bureau of Meteorology senior hydrologist Andy Barnes told ABC Radio that floods were heading further downstream from Goondiwindi.
“We will see the moderate to severe flooding continue through the lower system for much of the coming week,” said Mr. Barnes.
“Later in the coming week, from some sort of mid-week onwards, there is certainly potential for some fairly decent rainfall. It’s clear that at this stage there is some uncertainty about how much precipitation it could be, but there may well be a renewed river level rising across the hinterland as a whole. “
Sir. Barnes said that given the size of the Macintyre River at Goondiwindi and Boggabilla, it is unlikely that any isolated storms in the coming days will affect river levels.
He said there has been significant rainfall along the Tallwood and Weir rivers west of Goondiwindi, which could lead to major flooding overnight.
“Right now we’re saying it could be about 4.2 to 4.5 meters, so a bit above major and maybe not unlike what we saw in September 1998,” he said.