UPDATE 8PM: With rain continuing to fall across the region tonight and more than 200 roads still flooded, it will be a long night for many.
The Bureau of Meteorology is warning the Moreton Bay Region could receive up to 150mm of rain in the next 24 hours.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Peter Flannery says while some conditions have eased slightly, heavy rainfall and potentially life-threatening flash flooding still pose a very real threat to the community.
“This wet weather event is already one of the biggest we’ve seen in decades, so I’m urging everyone to please be patient and stay at home until conditions have passed,” Mayor Flannery says.
“QFES has performed far too many swift water rescues across our region in the last 24 hours and required assistance from additional teams from the Brisbane region to maintain safety.
“Our Local Disaster Coordination Centre has responded to 134 registered incidents across the day, and we’ve had at least 300 properties suffer some level of impact from this weather event that we know of at this time.
“We’ve made significant effort to move people from these areas into evacuation centres.
“There are currently 130 evacuees at the six open Council evacuation centres at Woodford Memorial Hall, Dayboro Community Hall, Watson Park Convention Centre Dakabin, Bribie Island Recreation Hall and Beachmere Hub, with Council staff and Australian Red Cross, Salvation Army and SES also in action.
“The Caboolture centre is open but at capacity, with numbers surging, so we are moving those who come there for help to Watson Park, Dakabin.
“The region’s libraries are all being used as places of refuge during normal business hours, and people are being directed to evacuation centres at closing time. Dayboro Showgrounds is open as a place of refuge for those with access to caravans, vans or vehicles.
“There are currently roughly 200 road closures including key links like AJ Wyllie Bridge at Lawnton which is currently closed both ways due to dam waters being released upstream, and Youngs Crossing also remains closed.
“Council has not been able to install signage at all flooded locations due to access issues so drivers are reminded to exercise caution particularly at night with limited visibility.
“Parts of the Bruce Highway between Caboolture and Caloundra remain closed. There were 1200 cars stuck earlier but they have all been cleared.
“We’ve had unbelievable rainfall - 624mm at Mt Glorious in the last 24 hours alone, plus 315mm at Caboolture, 390mm at Mt Mee and 234mm at Redcliffe.
“Cancel all your appointments, cancel your dinner plans. Whatever you do don’t get on the roads unless it’s absolutely critical.
“If you can’t get home, stay with friends. If that’s not possible, get yourself to an evacuation centre or shelter in place until the weather has passed.
“There is plenty of speculation swirling around online, but please make sure that you use the BOM website as your go-to source for the latest and most accurate weather information.
“A quick trip might seem like a good idea at the time, but this situation is very unpredictable, and that decision could place your life at risk and the emergency services who are putting their lives on the line to save you.”
Below are links to important information:
Keep up to date with the Bureau of Meteorology’s weather warnings at bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/
Check road closures before travelling and remember: If it’s flooded, forget it!
To find the sandbag station nearest to you visit:
Local alerts and important information can be found on Council’s website: https://mbrc.link/disaster-portal.
IMPORTANTLY: Subscribe to our free MoretonAlert service to stay up to date on emergencies: mbrc.link/moreton-alert.
UPDATE 5PM: The Bureau of Meteorology has just issued another Severe Weather Warning for the Southeast Coast including the Moreton Bay Region with heavy rain and damaging winds forecast. A separate Flood Watch is also in place and areas that could be affected include Caboolture and Redcliffe.
Top rainfall totals from 9am-4pm Saturday in the Moreton Bay Region:
* 198mm at Mount Glorious
* 186mm at Elimbah
* 177mm at Beerburrum
* 168mm at Wamuran
* 165mm at Rose Creek Road
* 159mm at Delaneys Creek
* 159mm at Mount Mee
Scroll down for road closures
UPDATE 3.30PM: AJ Wyllie Bridge, Lawnton, is now closed due to flooding caused by dam waters being released upstream. Police will be directing traffic and signs will be deployed to warn residents of the road changes.
Moreton Bay is still experiencing heavy rainfall and very dangerous flooding so please stay home and don’t drive unless absolutely necessary. There are more than 200 local roads flooded across the Moreton Bay Region. Scroll down for the list
UPDATE 2.15PM: Moreton Bay Regional Council has advised that the Standard Emergency Warning Signal has been broadcast for the Redcliffe, Beachmere, Kallangur and Dayboro areas.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has advised the INTENSE rainfall impacting the region is expected to continue and very dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding is likely.
QFES will be doorknocking 15 properties at Beachmere along Riversleigh Rd and Beachmere Rd advising residents they need to evacuate or risk being surrounded by floodwater.
The Watson Park Convention Centre evacuation centre at Dakabin has been closed so resources can be deployed to Caboolture.
If relocations are required to Watson Park later today or tonight, Council will use the SES bus and send staff with evacuees to reopen.
QFES Commissioner Greg Leach says authorities are responding to reports of inundated buildings in the Caboolture and Morayfield area.
“If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, then please dial Triple-0,” he says.
UPDATE 12PM: Moreton Bay Regional Council says the situation is escalating across the region. Five people are stranded in a house on acreage at Caboolture and crews are working to get them out.
The home is at Smiths Rd on 40 acres.
Residents at Beachmere have been evacuated from homes by boat and there have now been four swift water rescues.
The most serious was at Neurum Rd, outside Woodford, where a person had to be plucked from a tree because they had to abandon their vehicle.
A council spokesman said Energex is reporting major power outages in the region, particularly in the hinterland around Ocean View. The area is inaccessible, so power may not be restored for some time.
Residents are being urged to only travel if it is essential and to monitor warnings and road closures (see list below). The situation is changing quickly.
UPDATE 11AM: The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Very Dangerous Thunderstorm Warning for Very Intense Rainfall for the Dayboro, Wamuran area. These storms are slow-moving and life-threatening flash flooding is likely.
There are already reports and videos online of flooding in Dayboro's main business district and surrounds. Residents are advised to be alert, stay off the roads and move to higher ground, if they are in a low-lying area.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Peter Flannery says it was a busy night for Council crews last night
“Today’s weather forecasts will keep us on our toes. The bad weather really picked up at 5am this morning and will get worse over the next 24 hours. So, in addition to roads being cut, there’s a real risk of inundation today,” he says.
“Beachmere Lake is full, so it will likely swell into people’s backyards. We’re not expecting water to go through houses but it’ll definitely go into backyards.
“In particular we’re watching rising water levels in Dayboro township right now. I urge all residents to stay remain at home. Stay off the roads, do not go outside.
“Every time we get a report of someone seeing a car drive through flood water I’m equal parts enraged and scared for these people.
“You are putting yourself in unnecessary danger and you’re putting emergency crews at risk. Stay at home, because we expect things will get worse today.”
Mayor Flannery says there were 23 evacuees who took refuge at Council evacuation centres overnight, three swift water rescues overnight in the Woodford area, and there are crews helping residents evacuate homes on George Street in Woodford right now.
“We’re getting advice from TMR that there’s water over the Bruce Highway, so it could close, we’ve had trees come down, there have been landslips in some rural and mountainous areas,” he says.
“I have to thank Red cross volunteers - who are helping at libraries and evacuation centres and I really want to thank our crews who are out working in these incredibly difficult conditions.
“They’re heading into another night shift tonight - it’s the fifth night shift in a row, so fatigue levels will be high heading into the fifth night shift.”
There are more than 190 roads closed across the Moreton Bay Region.
The Bureau of Meteorology has a number of weather and flood watch warnings still in place with heavy rain and thunderstorms (intense falls) forecast for the weekend.
A surface trough over southeast Queensland is forecast to deepen into a low over the Wide Bay and Burnett in response to a strong upper low later tonight. This low is expected to track southward over the Southeast Coast and into northeastern New South Wales during Sunday producing further heavy rainfall with embedded thunderstorms.
The evolution of this system and its relatively slow movement will continue to cause significant and prolonged impacts across southeast Queensland over the weekend.
HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to flash flooding is forecast to continue over parts of southeast Queensland this weekend. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 80 and 120mm are likely to continue, reaching up to 180mm over areas east of Gympie to Jimboomba.
SES crews received 143 requests for assistance in the 24-hour period to 6.30am today. It's part of the statewide total of 1877 calls for assistance.
UPDATED AT 5.45pm
Here's the link to council's list
Armstrong Creek: Armstrong Creek Rd
Armstrong Creek: Laceys Creek Rd at North Pine River
Beachmere: Beachmere Road
Beachmere: Peel Rd
Bellmere: Bellmere Rd at Wararba Creek
Bellmere: Bells Lane near Currawong Place
Bellmere: Richards Court
Bellmere: Stern Road
Bellthorpe: Bellthorpe Range Road east of Campbell Road
Bracalba: J LIndsay Rd near Masters Rd
Brendale: Leitchs Road Pedestrian Bridge at South Pine River
Brendale: Cribb Road at Leitchs Road
Brendale: Cribb Road at South Pine Rd
Bunya: Dugandan Rd at Bunya Crossing Reserve carpark
Burpengary East: Bassett Road near number 84
Burpengary East: Coach Road East
Burpengary East: Fountain Road at Lewis Road
Burpengary East: Old Bay Road at Arthur Drewett Drive
Burpengary East: Old Bay Road at Childs Drive
Burpengary: Dale St at Susan Crt
Burpengary: Gleeson Rd
Burpengary: Hauton Rd at Garden Drive
Burpengary: O'Brien Rd at Burpengary Creek
Burpengary: O'Brien Rd at Lindsay Rd
Burpengary: Osborne Drive
Burpengary: Rowley Road at Mathew Crescent
Burpengary: Morayfield Rd at Burpengary Creek
Burpengary: Station Rd between North Shore Drive and Joyce St
Caboolture South: Macadamia St
Caboolture: Bribie Island Rd at Old Toorbul Point Rd
Caboolture: Bribie Island Rd at Hickey Rd
Caboolture: Brown St between Pettigrew St and Jensen Rd
Caboolture: Centenary Lakes Rd rugby league entrance
Caboolture: Dances Road at King Johns Creek
Caboolture: Hume Rd
Caboolture: Flowers Rd near Dot Newman Crt
Caboolture: Henzell Rd near Toohey St
Caboolture: King St between Alfred and Charles Streets
Caboolture: Male Rd
Caboolture: Morayfield Rd at Caboolture River
Caboolture: Old Toorbul Point Rd at Zarbelle's Chicken Farm
Caboolture: Pasturage Rd
Caboolture: Pumicestone Rd at King Johns Creek
Caboolture: Pumicestone Rd between Atherton Rd and Joshua Crt
Caboolture: Stringfellow Road at Bowls Club entrance to Centenary Lakes
Caboolture: Esme Avenue
Camp Mountain: Richards Rd
Cedar Creek: Cedar Creek Road at Halls Road
Cedar Creek: Curtis Rd
Cedar Creek: Gordons Road at upper crossing
Cedar Creek: Gordons Road at lower crossing
Cedarton: Doyle Rd near Cedarton Drive
Clontarf: Silcock St
Closeburn: Hansen Road at Cedar Creek
Closeburn: Old Mount Samson Road at Mount Samson Road
Commissioners Flat: Commissioners Flat Road at Stanley River
D'Aguilar: Buckingham Rd at Monkeybong Creek
Dayboro: Bradley St and Morris St
Dayboro: Glover Road at Juffs Road West
Dayboro: Lees Crossing Road
Dayboro: Juffs Rd West
Dayboro: Railway Street at Community Centre Carpark
Dayboro: Strong Rd
Dayboro: Williams St near McKenzie St
Dayboro: Laidlaw St at Dowling St
Dayboro: Fingerboard Road near Lyndhurst Road
Dayboro: Mount Samson Rd south of Laidlaw St
Deception Bay: Barbados Blvd
Deception Bay: Blue Pacific Road near Little Burpengary Creek
Deception Bay: Old Bay Road near Palmridge Court
Deception Bay: Lipscombe Road near Boundary Road
Delaneys Creek: Buckingham Rd near Mt Mee Rd
Elimbah: Beerburrum Road at McConachy Road
Elimbah: Hamilton Road near Vaughan Road
Elimbah: Hamilton Rd north of Emu Rd
Elimbah: King Rd
Elimbah: Mansfield Rd near Bigmor Drive
Elimbah: McConachy Road
Elimbah: Old Gympie Rd
Elimbah: Old Gympie Rd at Six Mile Creek
Elimbah: Williams Rd
Elimbah: Rose Creek Road
Elimbah: Rose Creek Rd at Six Mile Creek
Everton Hills: Camelia Ave at Galeola St
Everton Hills: John St at Cabbage Tree Creek
Griffin: Henry Road
Griffin: Dohles Rocks Rd highway onramp
Griffin: Dohles Rocks foreshore
Griffin: White Ibis Drive
Highvale: Goat Track
Highvale: Dawson Creek Rd
Highvale: Ryder Road at Blue Gum Court
Joyner: Youngs Crossing Rd near Protheroe Rd
King Scrub: Bond Road at the creek
King Scrub: Glengariff Way
King Scrub: Fingerboard Rd near Royston St
Kobble Creek: Kobble Creek Rd at Pringles Rd
Kobble Creek: Pringles Rd at gravel road section
Kobble Creek: Pringles Road near Kobble Creek Road
Kobble Creek: Dales Road
Kurwongbah: McCormack Road South
Kurwongbah: Forbes Road at Sideling Creek
Kurwongbah: Moore Road
Kurwongbah: Browns Road near McCormack Road
Kurwongbah: Neilson Road near Thedore Road
Kurwongbah: Ski Road at Scout Road
Laceys Creek: Dahls Crossing
Laceys Creek: Costelloe Rd at Upper Crossing
Laceys Creek: Costelloe Rd at Lower Crossing
Laceys Creek: Laceys Creek Rd at Worths Crossing
Laceys Creek: Laceys Creek Rd near Raynbird Creek Rd
Laceys Creek: Laceys Creek Rd near Costelloe Rd
Laceys Creek: Strain Rd
Laceys Creek: Baker Road at Laceys Creek
Laceys Creek: Rowe Rd off Laceys Creek Rd
Laceys Creek: Wirth Road at May Road
Laceys Creek: Wirth Rd at Esplanade
Lawnton: Bells Pocket Rd
Lawnton: Lawnton Pocket Rd at Bells Pocket Rd
Lawnton: Leis Parade from Norfolk Avenue to Park entrance
Lawnton: Leis Parade from Gympie Road to Railway
Lawnton: Todds Road
Mango Hill: Anzac Ave at Saltwater Creek
Mango Hill: Chermside Rd between John St and Kinsellas Rd West
Mango Hill: Maryvale Road
Moodlu: Whittington Rd
Moodlu: Williams Rd, Lagoon Creek
Moodlu: Williams Rd near Greening Rd
Moorina: Moorina Rd near F Lindsay Rd
Moorina: Moorina Rd near Haywood Rd
Moorina: Mountain View Rd at Moorina Rd
Morayfield: Buchanan Rd near Kirkcaldy St
Morayfield: Clark Road at Hauton Road
Morayfield: Mcloughlin Rd
Morayfield: Petersen Rd between Woodstock St and Maurice Ave
Morayfield: Trafalgar Drive at Buchanan Road
Morayfield: Visentin Rd, near underpass
Morayfield: Underpass Rd near William Berry Drive
Morayfield: Walker Rd at Koala Drive
Morayfield: Walkers Rd near Springwater Cr
Morayfield: Walkers Rd at Bristlebird Drive
Morayfield: William Berry Drive
Mount Delaney: Dewhurts Rd
Mount Delaney: Wiseman Road at creek
Mount Pleasant: Courts Lane
Mount Pleasant: Henzell Rd
Mount Pleasant: Clifford Rd at Mount Pleasant Rd
Mount Pleasant: Mount Brisbane Rd at North Pine River
Mount Pleasant: Mount Pleasant Rd near Henzell Rd
Mount Pleasant: Mount Pleasant rd near Stratton Rd
Mount Pleasant: Stratton Rd at Mount Brisbane Rd
Mount Pleasant: Stratton rd near Palm Creek Rd
Mount Samson: Winn Road at Mount Samson Road
Narangba: Browns Creek Road
Narangba: Moorina Road at Burpengary Creek
Narangba: Callaghan Rd at Little Burpengary Creek
Neurum: Rasmussen Road
Neurum: Rassmussen Road at Neurum Creek Crossing
Petrie: Youngs Crossing Rd at North Pine River
Rocksberg: Best Road at Keillors Crossing
Rocksberg: Caboolture River Rd at Ten Bob Crossing
Rocksberg: Caboolture River Rd at Cockies Crossing
Rocksberg: Caboolture River Road at Five Pound Crossing
Rocksberg: Old North Road at Zillmans Crossing
Rocksberg: McNamara Rd at Eliza Crossing
Rocksberg: McNamara Road at Browns Crossing
Rocksberg: W James Rd at Upper Crossing
Rocksberg: W James Rd at Middle Crossing
Rocksberg: W James Rd at Lower Crossing
Rothwell: McGahey St near Hubner Drive
Samford Valley: Mayfield Road
Samford Valley: Days Rd near Wights Mt Rd
Samsonvale: Basin Road close to 365 Basin Road Entrance
Stanmore: Cove Road
Stanmore: Mccabe Road at Cove Road
Stanmore: Bellthorpe Range Road near Simpson Road
Stanmore: Cove Road between Dunning Lane and Millwood Road
Stony Creek: Stony Creek Road at Stony Creek
Stony Creek: Eaton Lane
Stony Creek: Fletcher Road
Strathpine: Gympie Rd at Ball Hills Flats
Strathpine: Mott St
Upper Caboolture: Litherland Road
Upper Caboolture: Tinney Road at Caboolture River Road
Wamuran Basin: R Sampson Road at Basin Road
Wamuran Basin: R Sampson Road at R Williams Road
Wamuran Basin: Basin Rd at R Sampson Rd
Wamuran: Hoffman Road Near Pates Road
Wamuran: King Rd near Powell Rd
Wamuran: Lockhart Road near Green Road
Wamuran: Newlands Road near Wiersma Road
Wamuran: Powell Rd near King Rd
Wamuran: Powell Road at Scurr Road
Wamuran: R Williams Rd near D'Aguilar Highway
Warner: Coorparoo Rd between South Pine Rd and Warner Rd
Whiteside: Whiteside Rd
Whiteside: Whiteside Rd near Barnes Rd
Whiteside: Vores Rd near Grant St
Whiteside: Whiteside Rd at Patman Rd
Woodford: Batchelor Road at Webb Road
Woodford: Cove Road at Kilcoy-Beerwah Road
Woodford: Cove Road at Old Cove Road
Woodford: Ironbark Drive near Fiddlewood Crt
Woodford: Neurum Road near Walker Lane
Woodford: Neurum Road at Monkeybong Creek
Woodford: Golf Course Road
Woodford: Old Cove Road at Blackrock Creek
Woodford: Walker Lane near Kropp Road
Woodford: Kropp Road at Yates Road
Yugar: Hansen Rd past Jennifer Close
Two unconfirmed road hazards have been reported:
Dayboro: Mount Samson Rd
Elimbah: Beerburrum Rd between McDougall and Soldier roads
Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.
For flood emergency assistance phone the SES on 132 500.
For life threatening emergencies, phone Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Current emergency information is available at qld.gov.au/alerts.
This advice is also available by phoning 1300 659 219.