FLOOD WARNING FOR COASTAL STREAMS FROM MARYBOROUGH TO THE NSW BORDER
Issued at 7:05 PM on Sunday the 9th of January 2011 by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane.
A rainband stretches from Gympie to the northern suburbs of Brisbane and inland to Dalby.
Rainfall totals of up 180 millimetres have been recorded in the Sunshine Coast region in the six hours to 7pm. The heaviest rainfall in the past two hours has been in the Kilcoy, Stanley and Upper Mary catchments, with totals up to 60 millimetres recorded. The rainband is expected to move south during Sunday night.
Fast river rises have occurred in the Caboolture River resulting in minor flooding at Caboolture. Further rises in the Caboolture River and Pine River catchments are expected overnight Sunday.
Further flooding is possible in the Brisbane and Ipswich metropolitan creeks overnight Sunday.
Flood warnings are current for the Mary River, Sunshine Coast streams and the Upper Brisbane and Lower Brisbane rivers.
We have received up to 30mm of rain in the catchment in the last 3 hours, the heaviest falls have been in the northern parts of the catchments. Rises have been fast and are falling almost as quickly as they are rising. Predicted rain could have a significant impact on both major streams and the creeks, areas of most concern are the creeks in the eastern areas due to their nature of flash flooding.
The following road closures are still in place at the moment.
The relevant road signage has been put in place to advise the travelling public.
• Ivan lane and Schultzs Re Ironbark water over road
• Haigslea Malabar Rd closed 1.20pm
• Ebenezer Rd and Rosewood Warrill View Rd have water over road
• Rosewood Laidley Rd Grandchester water over road.
Also, Colleges Crossing and Kholo Bridges remain closed.
Owing to the high rainfall received in the Wivenhoe Dam catchment during today, and taking into account predicted falls, SEQWater is looking to significantly increase the releases within the next 24 hours, above the current 1400m3/sec, to reduce the dam level back to full supply levels.
Possible impacts would be the Mt Crosby Weir will be closed as well as infrastructure at Colleges Crossing may be affected.
Assessments will be done once further information is received from SEQWater.
The BOM rainfall forecast for the next few days is:-
Overnight/Monday: Very heavy rain periods
Tuesday: Rain periods
Wednesday: A few showers
Thursday: A shower or two.
Friday: A shower or two.
Saturday: Mostly fine.