The Bureau of Meteorology has this afternoon issued a second Flood Watch warning for parts of South East Queensland including the Moreton Bay Region.
It says a surface trough near the southeast coast will remain slow-moving through Thursday and Friday, producing areas of heavy to intense rainfall and thunderstorms over South East Queensland.
A second slow-moving trough further inland will bring widespread shower and thunderstorm activity across the southern inland during the next few days.
Catchments are wet, and likely to respond quickly to further rainfall in the form of flash flooding. The bureau says the Pine and Caboolture Rivers are most likely to be affected but smaller waterways are also at risk.
Many roads across the Moreton Bay Region are already closed, including Young’s Crossing due to releases from North Pine Dam which are expected to continue in the coming days. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
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Sandbag stations are open across the region to residents who live in areas prone to flash flooding, with free sandbags available.
Residents are asked to bring their own shovels, as they will need to fill their own sandbags.
Sandbags can reduce the impact of flooding if they’re placed correctly in appropriate locations around property. However, they will not stop the water completely, so residents are encouraged to raise their valuables off the floor to prevent damage from floodwater.
For details, visit mbrc.link/sandbags
Moreton Bay Regional Council has ‘stood up’ its libraries as Places of Refuge for residents needing support as a result of flooding and heavy rain expected in the next 48 hours.
This means that if a person presents at a library saying they need assistance, library staff will support them. This simply means:
Council provides Libraries as Places of Refuge during business hours. Council is working on having transport available to move any people from libraries to evacuation centres for overnight and longer term accommodation. Evacuation Centres are currently being set up.
Due to water ingress, Burpengary Library is closed today, so Council is looking at other options for this area.
The move comes after the Bureau of Meteorology issued an ‘initial flood watch’ for parts of South East Queensland including the Moreton Bay Region. It follows a night of heavy rain with more to come in the next 48 hours.
It is the result of a coastal trough which has developed along the southern Queensland coast and an approaching upper trough.
The bureau says catchments, already saturated from heavy rain in recent weeks, are ‘likely to respond quickly to further rainfall’.
Catchments likely to be affected include the Pine and Caboolture Rivers.
Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected to redevelop later today and continue through Thursday over areas between Double Island Point, Toowoomba and the Main Range National Park. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 100 and 200mm are likely.
Locally intense rainfall leading to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding is possible during this period with six-hourly rainfall totals up to 300mm.
The flood watch warning calls for people living or working along rivers and creeks to monitor weather forecasts and warnings.
UPDATED AT 5pm
Brendale: Leitchs Road Pedestrian Bridge at South Pine River
Caboolture: Hume Rd
Closeburn: Hansen Road at Cedar Creek
Commisioners Flat: Commissioners Flat Road at Stanley River
Dayboro: Glover Road at Juffs Road West
Dayboro: Lees Crossing Road
Elimbah: Old Gympie Rd at Six Mile Creek
Elimbah: Williams Rd
Moodlu: Williams Rd, Lagoon Creek
Moodlu: Whittington Rd at Lagoon Creek
Neurum: Rasmussen Road at Neurum Creek Crossing
Petrie: Youngs Crossing Road at North Pine River
Rocksberg: Best Road at Keillors Crossing
Rocksberg: Old North Road at Zillmans Crossing
Stanmore: Cove Road between Dunning Lane and Millwood Road
Stanmore: Cove Road
Strathpine: Mott St
Woodford: Old Cove Road at Blackrock Creek
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.