A council in the state’s south-east has issued an emergency warning, as rain continues to batter the area, causing serious flash flooding across the road network.
Flood warnings have today been issued for Laidley Creek, south-west of Brisbane, in the Lockyer Valley.
The Lockyer Valley Regional Council issued an emergency alert at 10.45am today, advising that heavy rainfall and flash flooding will continue across the region for the next couple of days.
Numerous roads are currently impacted by flooding, with many road closures in place.
Overnight, the region received significant rainfall, with reports that up to 140mm fell in just 24 hours – with more heavy rainfall on the way over the next 24-48 hours.
Several schools have now closed as floodwaters continue to rise in the area.
“Based on current conditions and forecast rain, it is very likely local roads will continue to be cut and ground water will rise,” said the Lockyer Valley Regional Council.
“There are indications water levels in areas subject to flooding could rise rapidly today and close exit routes – including major connection roads such as the Glenore Grove Crossroads and Gatton-Helidon Road.
“While the urge to leave home and observe conditions may be tempting – Council encourages residents to avoid all unnecessary travel and stay in a safe place until threats subside.
“Residents in danger of becoming isolated as a result of the ongoing rain are again urged to stock up on medication and food supplies while they can – if it’s safe to do so.”
Major flood warnings are also in place for Major Flood Warning for the Cape River and Cooper Creek.
For the latest on road closures, please visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.