Residents of a suburb north of Brisbane have been told to leave their homes immediately because of the risk of flooding.
Beachmere, a rural suburb in the Moreton Bay region, is at risk of major flooding, with people on Adcock Rd, Biggs Ave, Charles Cr, Dwyer St, Fiona St, Gillian St, Malcolm St, Moreton Tce and Patrick St told to “leave immediately”, in an alert by local authorities.
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Parts of Brisbane’s north, Moreton Bay, the Lockyer Valley and Somerset regions and Darling Downs have been enduring flooding amid heavy rainfall across southeast Queensland in the past 24 hours to Tuesday afternoon.
The system bringing the severe conditions is expected to move north on Tuesday, with impacts beginning on the Sunshine Coast and a weather warning issued for the Wide Bay region.
Residents of Caboolture (Lower King St and Mary St) have been told to prepare to leave their homes due to rising floodwaters.
Morayfield areas are also experiencing significant flooding, with a lower level and carpark of Morayfield Shopping Centre under water.
Eight of the 13 swift water rescues by emergency services overnight to Tuesday were in Moreton Bay, while State Emergency Service personnel have responded to 28 call-outs in the region.
“Heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is forecast to continue across much of southeast Queensland, with thunderstorms expected for Moreton Bay, Somerset and Sunshine Coast,” Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said.
“If conditions are dangerous in your area, avoid unnecessary travel and stay inside until the storm has passed.”
Part of Morayfield Shopping Centre has gone underwater, while a Woolworths truck is seen braving floodwaters. Credit: SuppliedRoads in Brisbane’s north have been inundated by floodwaters. Credit: Facebook
More than 340mm of rain has fallen on the Samford Valley since 9am on Monday. About 210mm has fallen on Upper Caboolture in the six hours to 9.52am on Tuesday.
A flood watch-and-act alert has been issued for people in Deception Bay, Burpengary and Burpengary East, while flooding has caused closures on sections of main roads and highways in Caboolture, Millmerran, Kurrowah, Coulson, Marmadua, Laidley, Chinchilla, MacAlister, Dalby, Marburg, Rosewood, Purga and Wongawallan.
Bray Park resident Jen told Sunrise she was woken by during the night when her fan turned off due to a power outage.
Flooding in Bray Park in Brisbane’s north overnight on Tuesday. Credit: Queensland Ambulance ServiceFlooding in Bray Park on Tuesday morning. Credit: 7NEWS
“I walked into the office and walked into water,” she said amid the clean-up at her home.
“Our bed was floating and our couch was floating, all sorts of stuff.
“It’s pretty gross. All the vinyl flooring downstairs is lifted.
“It’s not an easy fix.”
There is a major flood warning for Laidley Creek, as well as moderate flood warnings for the Bremer River and Warrill Creek.
Bribie Island State School, off Moreton Bay, was unable to offer formal classes due to road closures in the area impacting staffing levels.
Severe weather warning
A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall has been issued for parts of Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and southeast coast regions.
“A surface trough over southeast Queensland is expected to sharpen today, then gradually move north overnight tonight, potentially deepening into a low pressure system around Hervey Bay,” the Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday.
“Heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is forecast for areas north of about Tara, Oakey and Redcliffe, and east of Tara, Gayndah to Bundaberg.
“Six-hourly rainfall totals between 80mm to 150mm are likely.
“Locally intense rainfall which may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding is also possible, with six-hourly rainfall totals between 150mm to 250mm.”
Flooding at Mango Hill (left) and Strathpine in Brisbane’s north on Tuesday morning. Credit: SuppliedA person is walked by emergency services from floodwaters in Morayfield. Credit: Queensland Police Service
The weather system is not expected to move off the Queensland coast until at least Wednesday afternoon, according to the bureau.
Severe storms have brought heavy rainfall to Sunshine Coast on Tuesday afternoon.
Tanya Milligan, mayor of the flood-prone Lockyer Valley region, said waters have inundated some areas of Laidley’s CBD, with fears of rising flood levels.
Flooding in the centre of Laidley in the Lockyer Valley. Credit: 7NEWS
“Over this weekend, we had a huge amount of rainfall over our catchment that was really, pretty well saturated. So we had 230mm-plus on the weekend,” she told 7NEWS.
“Then last night, early hours of the morning, we had over 100mm again in places across the region.
“So we have a lot of water around and BOM has indicated we still have more to come.
“The risk of us at the moment is that we have inundation in Laidley CBD. It’s probably about a third of the way up our business area. That hasn’t peaked.”