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Wet Queensland weather is expected to ease, Mary River flood level in Gympie will drop

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Heavy rain falling in a scattered area of ​​southeast Queensland has largely disappeared on Sunday afternoon, but the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned that catchments could be flooded later in the week amid light rain.

Forecaster Matt Colopy said that over the past 24 hours most of the regions affected by the rain received from 10 to 25 millimeters of rain.

“There have been some isolated locations that have dropped over 50 millimeters, but they have been mostly around the high land of the Rim Scenic, inland from the Gold Coast,” Mr Colopy said.

“While we still have this kind of wet, extreme east, we’re still seeing its light rainy weather affecting southeast Queensland, but it will continue to subside and we’ll see some of that cloud and that really gray. the weather has started to deteriorate this afternoon.

“We are continuing to see a easing trend in shower activity and this will continue on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.”

He said that while most of the rainfall was expected to dissipate in the following days, there may still be some rain.

“Even small amounts of rain are worrying and they will prolong the type of water sitting in those catchments as well as any flooding that is happening,” he said.

A foamy beach.
The foam is reaching the parks along Alexandra Headland while dangerous surfing conditions remain on the Sunshine Coast.(ABC News: Sarah Howells)

“There is now a dangerous surf warning current from the Fraser Coast to the Gold Coast, very large bumps moving along the Queensland coast and affecting our beaches in terms of wave heights as well as the potential for erosion.”

He said while the main flood peak for the Condamine River has shifted from Warwick, it is expected to reach Warkon this evening.

“It will reach as far as St George, but we only expect small flood levers down there,” he said.

“The Condamine and the Ballone is a very complex river system with numerous flood peaks moving down and will be played over the next seven to 10 days for a fairly long and extended period of flood monitoring and warnings that we will you have to say the opposite. “

The Brisbane River is expected to reach near the level of minor flooding at about 1.7 meters in high tide this evening.

“We expect to see light shower activity by the middle of this week. There is some potential for another weather system from Thursday to Saturday,” he said.

“We are closely monitoring that there is potential for increased rainfall. Nowhere as widespread or as important as what we have just seen.”

Gympie, Warwick affected by floods

Callopy said the Mary River in Gympie peaked just over 16 meters last night and was expected to stay above the moderate level of flooding throughout the day.

He said flood levels for the Bremer River in Ipswich and the Laidley and Lockyer streams in the Lockyer Valley were continuing to drop.

Gympie Mayor Glen Hartwig said the affected homes had already been damaged by the floods earlier this year.

“They have not been repaired since last time, so there are no people in them,” he said.

Flooding around Grafton Bridge in Warwick, houses across the River Condamine visible flood water near them
Dozens of properties in Warwick and along the Condamine River were affected by the floods.(Supplied: John Tillack)

The city was isolated on Saturday, the CBD was flooded and businesses had little water through them.

About 800 Gympie businesses and homes were affected by the floods in February and many of them have not yet returned to normal. Many properties in the region were also flooded in January.

Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Shane Chelepy said the bridge in the city is now open

“The Bruce motorway is open from north to south through the Gympie with some diversions in place. We had about 30 people, tourists, at an evacuation center, now we expect those people to be able to continue with their travels and vacations.” he said.

Flooding on Pengelley Bridge in Gympie afternoon showing flood waters to the top of trees
Flood at Pengelley Bridge in Gympie yesterday afternoon.(Supplied: Facebook / BridgeWatcher)

He said about 11 businesses in Gympie were affected by the floods, while 26 homes and 22 businesses in Warwick.

“Those cleanups have already started there, but I thank everyone at Warwick and Gympie who stayed alert to our warnings and worked with us,” he said.

“It is fantastic to see that we have not had additional deaths overnight as a result of this event.”

State Emergency Service personnel have performed 130 tasks over the past 24 hours and have so far assessed 282 properties for damage in the Lockyer Valley and Southern Downs.

Red alert issued for Maryborough

The head of the regional port of Gladstone has issued a new notice for the Mary River in Maryborough, with levels now likely to exceed the level of minor flooding of five meters. It can peak between five and six feet on Monday morning with minor flooding.

The Lamington Bridge on the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road in Maryborough was closed Saturday afternoon due to flooding.

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the city was tired but ready.

“At the beginning of the year we had a flood of 10.3 meters, so a big flood, we are prepared for that. And a small flood does not affect almost as many residents and businesses as it did in February,” he said.

Water in the lower parks of Warwick.  Visible debris on trails
The lower parts of Warwick were affected by the rapid floods.(ABC News: Georgie Hewson)

Residents were evacuated from flood-affected homes in Warwick by boat on Friday.

Eighty-seven buildings were affected by the floods in Condamine and 49 people were forced to evacuate, but Southern Downs Mayor Vic Pennisi said most people had now returned to their homes.

“Everyone is dry and have food tonight,” he said.

“In a few days the real extent of the damage will be known, but everything that can be started has started.

“I think most people are feeling that we have avoided a bullet in many respects. Yes, there has been a lot of impact, but not as much as it could have been, so I think they are grateful for that.”

Rain causes problems in the water treatment plant

Seqwater has urged residents in Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan to save water because the extreme weather has affected the water treatment plants at Mt Crosby and they are operating temporarily at reduced capacity.

“This is as a result of floods that wash away soil and debris in streams and waterways, which are discharged to treatment plants,” a statement said.

“This is just a precaution. Drinking water supplied to homes and businesses remains safe to drink and meets the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. There is no need to boil water or buy bottled water.

“Our crews are working hard to get the treatment plants back to normal operation.”

SES groups work tirelessly for months

Queensland State Emergency Services and Fire Services Operations Commander Andrew Short said it had been a particularly busy season for SES, rapid water rescue teams and fire and rescue personnel.

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