Natalie Bochenski: Thanks all for your company overnight.
We're continuing our rolling coverage of southeast Queensland's flood crisis with a new live blog for Tuesday 29.
Natalie Bochenski: Brisbane is waking up to a foggy morning.
Police say the fog is another obstacle for motorists, still dealing with road closures caused by fallen trees and powerlines.
However, the fog will burn off through the morning, with the city expecting a fine day with a top of 33 degrees. Westerly winds left by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald will keep conditions warm and sticky.
Flood waters rise at Jindalee. Photo: Nathan Howard
Natalie Bochenski: Reader Nathan Howard is out and about on a personal reconnaissance mission in Jindalee. Nathan's home was completely flooded in January 2011, but so far remains high and dry.
He's sent us this picture of the walking park near the Jindalee boat ramp, and says while the water still has a little way to rise, it doesn't have the same intensity of flow as 2011.
Natalie Bochenski: Great news coming out of Goodna, one of the hardest-hit by the January 2011 floods.
Local councillor Paul Tully - who lost his own house there two years ago - says a predicted flood peak of 9 metres appears to have been avoided.
Councillor Tully's in Enid Street this morning, and says the nearby Woogaroo Creek is well-below the road level.
"We're talking about a street that had water over the roofs two years ago, and there isn't even any water on the street," he says.
Councillor Tully says the peak wasn't officially expected until 8am, but he's cautiously optimistic, and predicts residents will be "overjoyed" this morning.
Natalie Bochenski: Parents should make sure to check the Department of Education's website this morning - it's got a full list of all state schools closed due to this latest natural disaster.
Natalie Bochenski: Here's a list of Brisbane City Council roads that are closed due to water, debris or fallen powerlines:
Barry Parade, Fortitude Valley
Beatty Road between Boundary Road and Granard Road, Archerfield
Beaudessart Road at Nottingham Road, Calamvale
Bent Street, Toowong
Billian Street, Carina
Boundary Street and Rudd Street closed at Roiundabout, Inala
Bowhill Road near Sherbrooke Road, Durack
Brandon Road, Runcorn
Emerson Street, Toowong
Factory Road between Ipswich Motorway off and Boundary Road, Oxley
Gap Creek Road, Kenmore Hills
Grey Street, Carina
Lansbury Parade from Woodbury Street to Tennis, Ashgrove
Marshall Road, Rocklea
Marshall Road at Stable Swamp Creek, Rocklea
Marshall Road and Balham Road, Moorooka
Mt Nebo Road, just the past The Gap bus turnaround
Moggil Ferry Road, Moggill
Oriel Road at Alexandra Road, Clayfield
Rosemary Street, Inala
Sexton Street, Milton
Sotherden Street, Sandgate
Southerden Street after Cannaught Street, Sandgate
Wickham Street, Morningside
Widdop Street at the East West Arterial, Nundah
Wynnum Road between Creek Road and Murrarrie Road, Murrarie
Wynnum Road between Tameree and Chandos Street, Wynnum West
Natalie Bochenski: Translink is bracing commuters for delays across the network this morning.
CityCats and ferries remain offline, and Translink is recommending people search for bus options first before trains if they must travel. A list of affected train services can be found here.
Translink also says ticketing equipment at some stations has failed due to flooding or power loss, so touch-on and touch-off where possible, and call 13 12 30 to request a fare adjustment.
However Robert Dow from Rail Back on Track is this morning suggesting the government repeat measures taken after the 2011 floods by making public transport free this week, and encourage commuters to donate to the Floods Appeal.
Natalie Bochenski: There are still around 170,000 homes and businesses around southeast Queensland without power this morning.
Around 60,000 of those are in Brisbane.
Logan, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regional council areas each have approximately 20,000 blacked out.
Around 15,000 have no power in Redlands, and 3500 in Ipswich.
Energex says it's aware of the bulk of power outages, and will get crews to each location as soon as possible.
Fallen powerlines should be reported to 13 19 62.
Natalie Bochenski: Mixed news on ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald this morning. The good is we've seen the back of the rain, with just a few showers clearing up today.
However, with the core of the system now around Tamworth in New South Wales, southeast Queensland will experience westerly winds on its northern side, which will hold out sea breezes. Coupled with the sun coming out, it means a hot day in store, with Brisbane set to reach a top of 33 degrees.
Natalie Bochenski: Hydrologists at the weather bureau say the Bremer River at Ipswich peaked at 13.9 metres at 9:30 last night, and at 3am had fallen to 13.3 metres.
That's welcome news for the city, which had feared a flood peak of 15 metres. Mayor Paul Pisasale has stated before that the difference between 14 and 15 metres is a huge one when it comes to the inundation of homes.
Natalie Bochenski: Good morning everyone! Once again I'm back on deck to take the live blog through the early morning.
For what it's worth, I've been chatting to my father about the weather system we've just endured. He's a marine pilot, based out of the Port of Brisbane for over 25 years, so is quite familiar with weather patterns over southeast Queensland. He says he's never seen anything like ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald, in terms of its size and how it moved.
Dad's awaiting the call now to start moving ships again later today. I don't envy him - sadly I didn't inherit his sea legs!
Cameron Atfield: The Brisbane River reached 7.49 metres at Moggill after several hours of consistant rising.
The city gauge peaked tonight at 1.70 metres at 10.57pm.
Here are the current warnings in place for greater Brisbane:
Lower Brisbane River
Minor flooding is expected along the lower Brisbane River downstream of Moggill. At the Brisbane City gauge, minor flood levels are expected on the peak of the high tides from Tuesday morning to Thursday morning. The highest level of 2.6 metres is expected on the high tide at 11am Tuesday, about 1.9m lower than the January 2011 flood.
Moderate to major flooding continues between Mulgowie and the Laidley Showgrounds. Renewed rises at the Laidley Showgrounds are not expected to exceed those recorded during Sunday.
Minor flooding is easing in the upper Lockyer Creek catchment downstream to Gatton. Moderate to major flooding is easing between Glenore Grove and Rifle Range Road with a peak expected downstream at O'Reillys Weir during Tuesday morning. Minor flood levels along Sandy Creek at Grantham continue to ease.
Major flooding is continuing along the Bremer River and Warrill Creek upstream of Ipswich. Major flood levels are currently falling slowly along the Warrill Creek at Kalbar, Harrisville and Amberley.
On the Bremer River, minor flood levels continue to ease at Rosewood and Walloon. Major flood levels at Ipswich are expected to peak near 15.0 metres early Tuesday morning. This flood level is about 4.0 metres less than the January 2011 flood.
Major flood levels are forecast to peak at Wolffdene and Beenleigh early Tuesday morning.
Moderate to major flood levels are being recorded along the Logan River between Rathdowney and the Logan Village. Moderate to major flood levels are also being recorded along Teviot Brook between Croftby and Boonah. Moderate to major flood levels are expected downstream at Waterford Bridge and Eagleby during Tuesday.
Marissa Calligeros: An emergency airlift was the only option for hundreds of stranded residents in the flood-hit Queensland town of Bundaberg to escape fast-flowing waters believed capable of sweeping entire houses away tonight.
Hundreds of residents in the suburb of North Bundaberg were plucked from their roofs by three RACQ Careflight helicopters, and two of the army's Black Hawks.
Cameron Atfield: Have you got some spare office space that a flood affected business can use?
Milton-based Creative Intersection managing director Ian Exaudi has launched Save a Business, putting up five desk spaces with internet and phone access in his office.
Marissa Calligeros: The Burnett River at Bundaberg has reached 9.3 metres, but Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Jony Hall said the level could rise even more on Tuesday as water flows in from Mundubbera and Gayndah.
The river peaked at 23 metres in Mundubbera about midnight on Sunday, just shy of the 1942 flood record of 23.6 metres.
All that water is flowing through the Burnett River in a north-easterly direction towards the coast and Bundaberg, Mr Hall said.
"It's yet to reach Bundaberg," he said.
Marissa Calligeros: There are now 179,712 homes and businesses without power across southeast Queensland.
Marissa Calligeros: The Bremer River at Ipswich is 13.75 metres and rising. The major flood peak of 15 metres was expected at 6pm on Monday, but is now due to come in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Mayor Paul Pisasale is still hoping the river will only rise to 14 metres.
"I'm hoping if we stabilise the peak tonight ... we could be into the difference between a very sad city and a very happy city," he told 612 ABC Brisbane.
Marissa Calligeros: The Logan River is due to peak much later than first predicted, Mayor Pam Parker says.
The Logan River at South Maclean was due to peak at 5pm on Monday. It's now expected to peak at 3am on Tuesday.
The river level at Maclean Bridge was forecast to peak at 9pm, but it's now not expected to peak until 6am on Tuesday.
The river at Waterford Bridge was due to peak at 6am on Tuesday. It's now predicted to peak at 4pm.
The river is 16.81 metres and rising.
Marissa Calligeros: Flood evacuees can register with the Red Cross here so friends and family elsewhere know you are safe.
Marissa Calligeros: Energex says it aims to restore power to at least 100,000 homes and businesses in southeast Queensland by 6pm on Tuesday. There are about 232,000 homes currently without power.
Marissa Calligeros: The Logan River at Maclean Bridge is at 16.81 metres and rising, the weather bureau's website says.
It's tipped to peak at 17 metres.
Cameron Atfield: The Queensland Police Service has sent through this updated road closure information for Ipswich:
Mount Crosby Weir is currently closed to all traffic. This and the closure of Mount Crosby Road at Colleges Crossing, means all traffic travelling to Karana Downs, Mount Crosby, Lake Manchester and Kholo areas north of the Brisbane River will need to go via Anstead.
The Cunningham Hwy is closed out Warrill Creek Bridge at Amberley due to rising flood waters.
Brisbane Valley Highway at Geoff Fisher Bridge over Brisbane River, north of Fernvale has now been closed due to rising water.
Cameron Atfield: Reports circulating that the Brisbane River had broken its banks at Milton are false, according to police.
A police spokeswoman said the river was about 30 centimetres below spilling point, but the tide may yet push it over.
Cameron Atfield: I took to Twitter tonight to ask for some examples of community awesomeness in the wake of ex-cyclone Oswald. And I wasn't disappointed. But, after 2011, was there ever any doubt?
Along with the the free ice from Coles (see below), it seems Baked Relief is back in force:
But, among the bouquets, there was a brickbat.
@cameronatfield how about a big rap for dopes who this pm walked past a police tape blocking a street in West End due to fallen powerlines?— Dennis Pegg (@rekat55ip) January 28, 2013
Brisbane City Council is closing New Farm Park and the City Botanic Gardens to assess damage from the ongoing severe weather event.
Council will erect signage from tomorrow morning to advise of the closure, however are asking residents to avoid the area in the meantime.
Marissa Calligeros: A three-year-old boy has died after being hit by a falling tree today.
Police released a statement shortly before 10pm, confirming the toddler died at the Royal Children's Hospital tonight.
Cameron Atfield: Kudos to Coles Albany Creek for handing out free ice to customers without power.
People bag out Coles all the time but it's actually a great company looking after the community in times of need! twitter.com/matty456/statu…— Matt Macklin (@matty456) January 28, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: There are 232,700 homes and businesses without power across southeast Queensland.
More than 2120 powerlines have been brought down.
Cameron Atfield: Suncorp Bank is offering some relief to disaster-affected customers in Queensland and New South Wales.
Effective immediately, Suncorp is giving customers an opportunity to defer home loan repayments for a period, loan rearrangements, waived withdrawal fees, credit card repayment relief, the refund of merchant rental fees for a period and an opportunity to defer up to three monthly repayments on equipment finance facilities.
Call 1800 225 223 for more information.
Marissa Calligeros: You can call Education Queensland on 13 74 68 for details on all school closures, including state, Catholic and independent schools.
Simon O'Brien: It looks like there's finally some good news for Queenslanders. However it's bad news for our cousins below the border.
Ex TC Oswald currently located over Northern NSW. Heavy rain possible flash flooding still possible over south... fb.me/26n9ynK8H— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) January 28, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: Just a reminder: Laidley residents are advised to boil their drinking water as a precaution.
Marissa Calligeros: Emergency services are racing to evacuate 600 people from Bundaberg North by 11pm.
Residents are being plucked from their roofs by helicopters.
Authorities managed to chopper 200 people to safety within three hours before 6pm.
Deputy Mayor David Batt said about 1000 people in Bundaberg North heeded warnings to get out earlier today.
Many of those residents set up camp in caravans and tents at Oakwood State School, but were forced to move on again to other evacuation centres.
Cameron Atfield: Ipswich councillor Paul Tully is on Fairfax Radio 4BC.
"Goodna is like a ghost town tonight," he says.
"We are really finger crossing we'll get through this."
Marissa Calligeros: With the Burnett River at 9.3 metres and rising there's water over the floorboards of 1000 Bundaberg homes.
The floodwater has also crept into the yards of another 3000 properties. Between 200 and 300 businesses have been inundated.
There are reports Hinkler Central, Bundaberg's main shopping centre, has also been flooded.
Marissa Calligeros: People are being plucked from their roofs in Bundaberg as floodwaters rise tonight.
Three Careflight helicopters are rescuing stranded residents including one family in central Bundaberg and two women from a house just several streets away.
Melissa Smith was airlifted from her roof tonight and is devastated.
"There's debris everywhere ... the kid's stuff is everywhere. It's all gone," she told the ABC.
Marissa Calligeros: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale says, "don't panic".
"I'm doing enough panicking for everyone," he says.
Marissa Calligeros: Ipswich evacuees at the local showgrounds have joined in a singalong to lift their spirits
They're singing: "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine!"
Marissa Calligeros: The Logan River at Beaudesert is set to rise to a peak of nine metres about 9pm.
"It should be hitting its peak right about now," Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Jonty Hall says.
The Logan River at Macleans Bridge is expected to peak above a major flood level at 17 metres tomorrow afternoon. It's currently at 12.66 metres.
Queensland Police and the Department of Community Safety would like to advise the Telstra network issue affecting triple-0 calls across Queensland has been rectified.
The public can now contact triple-0 in an emergency.
Cameron Atfield: Over the border, the SES has advised Blue Care’s Kingscliff and Tweed Coast aged care facilities to be on standby to evacuate, and the site’s emergency response plan has been implemented.
"From past events like these we believe it is unlikely there will be a need to evacuate however it is important we are prepared just in case," Blue Care executive director Robyn Batten said.
Ms Batten said Blue Care residents were safe.
"Blue Care’s Bundaberg, Toogoolawah and Gympie residential aged care facilities do have a lot of water around them, however evacuations are unlikely, and in Bundaberg residents have moved to higher ground within the sites," she said.
"Should we need to evacuate residents and staff to a safe location, we will make every effort to contact families and advise of our evacuation location."
Marissa Calligeros: "It's a sea of emotion here," Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale.
The mayor has been speaking with anxious residents bunkered down in evacuation centres tonight.
"It's one of the hardest parts of my job I've ever had to do," he says.
"They just want a hug. They want to know they're not alone.
"Although there was a lot more damage last time, there wasn't as much emotion.
"To have the same people go through this again after just rebuilding their homes is terrible. What they're feeling, what the kids are feeling ... it's all bad.
"It was supposed to be a one-in-100-year flood, not a one-in-two-year flood."
Cr Pisasale was standing on the banks of the Bremer River about 8pm and watching the water rise.
The river level is now at 13.7 metres.
Cr Pisasale is hoping the water stops rising before the predicted 15-metre peak.
"I'm hoping that if I say '14 metres' long and hard enough, then maybe it will stop there," he says.
"If it does stop at 14 metres I'll be the happiest man in Australia."
He wants to share words of encouragement with his Ipswich neighbours.
"The waters will come and go, but Ipswich and its spirit will be here forever."
Cameron Atfield: If you work in the CBD, it might be worth checking that your office will be open before heading into work tomorrow.
We're getting word that several businesses, particularly those in riverside buildings, won't be open for business tomorrow.
One of those buildings, One One One Eagle Street, will be open, but security superviser John Boast said he was expecting a quiet day.
The building's car park had been closed as a precaution and that, coupled with major public transport disruptions, meant many workers wouldn't be making the trek into town.
"Our critical infrastructure is at the top of the building, so we'll be functioning as usual," Mr Boast said.
"That said, with public transport disruptions, a lot of businesses are deciding to close for the day."
One One One Eagle Street (third building from left).
Marissa Calligeros: Telstra has restored some phone and internet services in central Queensland.
With phone lines restored, residents will be able to call triple-0.
Damage to a fibre-optic cable at Colosseum, north of Bundaberg, brought down landline, mobile and broadband services across central and northern Queensland.
‘‘Many services are now live and others are expected to come online throughout the evening,’’ Telstra says.
Along with the cable north of Bundaberg, a backup cable near Kingaroy, northwest of Brisbane, was also damaged late on Sunday.
That, combined with a number of power blackouts, resulted in the loss of most landline and broadband services in Mackay, Freshwater, Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville, Mount Isa and Gladstone.
A team of repair technicians arrived in Colosseum by helicopter on Monday morning with more than a kilometre of fibre-optic cable on board to fix the damaged cable.
Meanwhile, another group of technicians reached the damaged cable at Kingaroy and started restoration works.
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Cameron Atfield: Lord Mayor Graham Quirk tells Fairfax Radio 4BC the Brisbane River's peak will occur tomorrow, with about 3500 properties expected to be affected.
"3am tomorrow morning will see the peak now at Moggill, then it will be at Jindalee and on to the CBD by midday tomorrow," he said.
"We will see about eight metres lower levels of the river around Moggill than what we saw in January 2011 and that will be down seven metres at Jindalee and down two metres in the CBD itself.
"So the CBD will be functional and open for business tomorrow."
Marissa Calligeros: Bundaberg Hospital will be evacuated, Queensland Health has confirmed.
The hospital's 131 patients will be flown to Brisbane, as Bundaberg faces record flooding.
"Brisbane metropolitan hospitals are on stand-by to receive patients," Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said.
Some patients will be moved this evening, although the majority will be evacuated early tomorrow morning.
"A dedicated disaster transport medical team is en-route to Bundaberg and due to arrive at 7pm to finalise triage arrangements with local medical staff," Dr Young said.
"The Department of Health and Queensland Ambulance Service are currently putting in place arrangements for medical transport hubs at Bundaberg and Brisbane airports to support the medical needs of patients being transferred between facilities."
Cameron Atfield: We've had a report of CBD buildings shutting down their lifts.
"We’ve been informed by our building (River City, Albert st) that our lifts are being shut down at 10pm this evening for safety reasons," Gem tells us.
Have other buildings in the CBD made similar decisions? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, Sam Virzi, who lives in RiverPlace apartments, is wondering how he's going to walk to work tomorrow.
View from RiverPlace apartments today. Photo: Sam Virzi
Marissa Calligeros: Sandbags will still be available throughout the night in Brisbane. "Be prepared," Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says.
Sandbags are available at:
- Zillmere Depot, 33 Jennings Street Zillmere
- South Depot, 48 Shamrock Rd, Darra
- Balmoral Depot, Redfern Street, Morningside
- Herbert Street, Lota
- SES Depot, Wilston Rd, Newmarket
- Einbunpin Lagoon Carpark, Brighton Road, Sandgate
- Baskerville Street, Sandgate
- Stafford Depot, 7 Brockman St, Stafford
Cameron Atfield: Two years ago, Rosalie was under water. So it's little wonder businesses there are more than a little nervous.
Businesses prepare for flooding in Rosalie. Photo: Michelle Smith
Marissa Calligeros: Every patient from Bundaberg Hospital may be evacuated, as the city faces record floods Premier Campbell Newman says.
Authorities are considering tasking the army's Blackhawk helicopters to flying at least 131 patients from the hospital to Brisbane.
There are 1500 people from 1000 houses bunkered down in nine evacuation centres across Bundaberg.
The Burnett River is at 9.2 metres and rising fast towards its expected peak of 9.5 metres late tomorrow.
Earlier, chopper pilots were racing to rescue Bundaberg residents before night fall, with mandatory evacuation orders in place for Bundaberg North and parts of the community’s east and south.
Boat sunk at Manly Marina. Photo: Ian Richardson
Reader Ian Richardson has some bad news for one bayside boat owner.
He sent us this photo of a powerboat that sunk at Manly Marina.
Cameron Atfield: The Education Department has sent through an updated list of school closures. You can search for your school (or your child's school) by clicking control-f and entering the school's name.
Marissa Calligeros: The weather radars are back online, the bureau says. That helps!
Marissa Calligeros: There's some "better news" in Ipswich - flood levels are expected to be slightly lower than first predicted.
The Bremer River at Ipswich is currently 13.55 metres. The peak of 15 metres was expected at 6pm, but it is now due to come at midnight.
At Goodna, which is affected by Brisbane River flooding rather than the Bremer River, the flood level is now expected to reach nine metres, rather than 10 metres. The river is expected to peak at Goodna about 9am tomorrow.
In 2011, 600 Goodna homes were inundated. This year, only 20 homes are likely to go under. Homes in Enid Street, Cox Crescent and Mill Street are likely to be worst affected.
Coucillor Paul Tully, whose Goodna homes flooded two years ago, said there was a glimmer of hope for residents.
"These peaks may be a little lower than predicted at this stage. It will be dependent on water coming down from the Lockyer Valley in to the Brisbane River," he said.
"There was a feeling of desperation yesterday, but there's just a little bit of hope this evening that we might escape."
The Logan River is currently at 16.1 metres.
Cameron Atfield: Premier Campbell Newman has updated the ABC's 7.30 on the flood situation in Queensland. Unfortunately, Queenslanders – those who need to hear it most – won't hear about it for another hour thanks to daylight saving.
Cameron Atfield: Two of Brisbane’s leading private hospitals – the Wesley and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital – are assuring staff and patients they’re still up and running.
UnitingCare Health group marketing manager Belinda Hughes says both hospitals are operating normally.
‘‘There are no anticipated changes to scheduled services planned tomorrow,’’ she says.
‘‘If patients are having difficulty making their way to either hospital for a planned admission they are asked to contact that hospital.
‘‘Staff who are rostered on duty but who are unable to make their way to work are also asked to contact the hospital.
‘‘Management at both hospitals are closely monitoring the weather and access issues.’’
The Wesley Hospital can be contacted on 3232 7000, St Andrew’s on 3834 4444.
Bridie Jabour: There's public transport headaches for commuters, and then there is public transport hell.
No trains are expected to run to Central station, Fortitude Valley or Bowen Hills until Wednesday.
Transport Minister Scott Emerson said the storm had done major damage to rail tracks all over the southeast network and particularly in the Valley where building scaffolding damaged four tracks and an overhead line.
“Repair crews and scaffolding contractors are working around the clock, but at this stage Queensland Rail isn’t expecting repairs to be finished before Wednesday morning, affecting all services tomorrow,” Mr Emerson said in a statement.
Even when services are operating between the three major stations again only two of four tracks will be open meaning continued delays for commuters.
Mr Emerson said up to 40,000 passengers usually used Central, Fortitude Valley and Bowen Hills stations during peak times.
“There are unlikely to be sufficient buses available in Brisbane to handle the load if all regular train commuters make the journey to the city at the same time tomorrow,” he said.
There will be no services between the Varsity Lakes and Beenleigh tomorrow meaning most of the Gold Coast line is out of action.
Sunshine Coast line services are being replaced by buses, but these are unable to access some of the stations and Gympie North is cut off.
Natalie Bochenski: Irish group Celtic Thunder have cancelled their Brisbane performance tomorrow night.
The five-piece band was set to play the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, but Leon Spenson from Australian promoter Nine Live says the flooding and inclement meant it was beyond their control.
Full refunds will be issued through Ticketek for those who purchased tickets with a credit card.
Earlier today Keith Urban cancelled his third concert, which had been postponed from last night to tonight. A revised date will be announced in coming days.
Celtic Thunder has cancelled their Brisbane Entertainment Centre performance. Photo: Brendan Crabb
Makes u proud 2 b part of a grt team focused on keeping Bundaberg safe. Tks to all at DDMG& LDMG. @qpsmedia twitter.com/CoPStewart/sta… — Ian Stewart (@CoPStewart) January 28, 2013
Bridie Jabour: A disaster declaration for Brisbane has been made.
Do not get too worried though, the declaration just means police and emergency services from different regions can now co-ordinate with each other as they face the flooding and clean-up over the next few days.
The declaration was issued at 3pm and includes Metropolitan North and Metropolitan South regions, which take in the Brisbane City and Redlands Council areas.
Brisbane and Redlands locals who are evacuating are encouraged to stay with family or friends but an evacuation centre has been established in Chandler.
The Sleeman Sports Centre on the corner of Old Cleveland Road and Tilley Roads opened at 5.30pm today.
Pets are allowed in the evacuation centre but owners need to bring their own food, cages, leads and other things the pets need.
Cameron Atfield: Good evening, folks. I'll be keeping you company until the wee hours of tomorrow morning. On an related note, does anyone know of a 24-hour barista in the CBD? Preferably one that delivers...
Energex has provided another update. About 250,000 customers remain without power, with power restored to about 58,000 today.
If you have lost power during this weather event, you're by no means alone. Almost a quarter of southeast Queensland's power network has been affected since midday Saturday, impacting more customers than the total number of customers affected during the January 2011 floods.
Energex crews have repaired 1700 fallen powerlines and have another 2126 on their "to do" list aross southeast Queensland. If you see a fallen power line, keep well away from it and report it to 13 19 62.
Simon Holt: Brisbane City Council is waiving tip fees for flood refuse, so no vouchers required. They're asking, however, that you hold off until Thursday if you can.
Simon Holt: Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale says people in that area are watching the river with anticipation.
He says it is a heartbreaking situation, with some people having just moved into their houses and businesses.
Councillors, ministers and priests are all going to the evacuation centre to talk to people and comfort them tonight.
"I can build highways and lobby the government, but when you've got to talk to people who have lost their home, it's difficult," he says.
He says the "not knowing" what will happen tonight is horrible. Tourists, he warns, should stay away - "we don't need them".
Simon O'Brien: Seven News Brisbane has Tweeted this dramatic image of a roof which has blown onto Queenie's Traditional Tea House in Nundah Village.
The roof from a nearby shop landed on Queenie's Traditional Tea House in Nundah Village. Photo: Seven News Brisbane
Simon Holt: Homes WILL be swept away in Bundaberg, according to latest reports. As floodwaters rise, they're still traveling at 70km/hr.
The list of schools closed tomorrow is constantly updating but here is the latest. Parents - might be time to break out a few DVDs tomorrow. Or books, if you have no power.
Simon Holt: Latest weather warnings indicate that there is little immediate relief from damaging winds for people on the Gold Coast. They're still getting winds up to 90km/hr.
Meanwhile, Oswald is about 30km west of Texas, moving 20km/hr south.
Simon Holt: Brisbane City Council says there's still time to grab some sandbags. You can get them from here, but it's worth remembering that there are queues. Sandbags are in high demand.
- Zillmere Depot, 33 Jennings Street Zillmere
- South Depot, 48 Shamrock Rd, Darra
- Balmoral Depot, Redfern Street, Morningside
- Herbert Street, Lota
- SES Depot, Wilston Rd, Newmarket
- Einbunpin Lagoon Carpark, Brighton Road, Sandgate
- Baskerville Street, Sandgate
- Stafford Depot, 7 Brockman St, Stafford
Amy Remeikis: Sean Scott spent the beginning of 2012 helping others in Ipswich clean up - now he thinks he'll be the one needing the help.
"I realised early that I was going to need somewhere to sleep tonight and something to eat, so I came out to the evacuation centre," he said.
"I had a talk to a copper and he said it wasn't looking good and I should move what I could. I don't have much, but I made sure I moved my ute somewhere safe. I've got no job without my ute. The sun was shining this morning. I thought I could have a coffee and watch it all come by. Now I just hope I've got something to come back to."
Amy Remeikis: Red Cross and Community Relief staff and volunteers are doing what they can in Ipswich's two evacuation centres to keep spirits up.
But it's hard, especially given for many people, the memories of 2011 are still very fresh.
"My house is going under they say. I lived at Laidley last time. The water went through the whole house. I lived with my mum for a bit and then moved to North Ipswich. I guess I picked the wrong spot," said Clifford O'Brien.
"I managed to move my clothes and my daughters clothes. Some papers and things. But I had to leave the furniture. Had no where to put it. This time yesterday I thought we'd be right. Now I'm here. I can believe it is happening again, but not this soon."
Dan Nancarrow: Bus services are currently running in place of all Queensland Rail train lines, except for Caboolture and Airport Services. Those two lines are taking the Exhibition diversion from Roma Street to Bowen Hills.
This is the best website for information on road closures around the region and the state. Hit refresh for the latest news. It is changing constantly to so think and do some research before heading out on the roads.
Katherine Feeney: About 300 passengers on a long-haul flight from Narita, Japan, are stuck at Brisbane Airport without their luggage after their flight was redirected from the Gold Coast this morning, leaving Jetstar clambering to find a way of offloading the baggage.
Passengers were handed letters telling them to call the customer service centre to find out when and where their bags might be delivered.
"Because we don't have long haul operations at Brisbane, we had to borrow equipment to get the bags off and because of the dire situation with the wind, finding the machinery and the people is proving difficult," a Jetstar spokeswoman said.
She said she wasn't sure at this stage whether more flights would be similarly affected...
. Photo: Supplied
Dan Nancarrow: Looking to stock up on goods? Spencer Howson has some info about south-western shopping centres:
Kenmore Village has no power. Indro shopping centre has power and some shops still open incl supermarket. #bigwet— Spencer Howson (@SpencerHowson) January 28, 2013
The University of Queensland is open for business tomorrow (Tuesday) but has predicted some flooding and disruption at St Lucia. If you're a uni student, a day off probably won't hurt. But if you need to get along to campus, have a look at the wet weather message on the UQ website.
Amy Remeikis: We are just back from Goodna and Ipswich where residents are preparing for their second flood in two years.
This time though they are prepared - a quick tour of petrol stations and corner stores showed shelves had been cleared out of dry goods.
Dan Nancarrow: Here's a handy tip if you are looking for your child's school in our closed schools list.
Press: Ctrl + F and type in your school's name to highlight it in this list.
Phil Lutton: Here's the full list of school closures for tomorrow around the state - and there are plenty of them.
Katherine Feeney: Residents in low-lying parts of Brisbane expected to flood tonight should look for shelter with friends or family on higher ground, or head to the new council evacuation centre established at the Sleeman Sports Centre, Chandler.
The centre will be open from 5.30pm today, with on-site parking available in Car Park 3 and pet accomodation will be available.
If possible residents are asked to please bring with them:
• bedding, including sleeping bags or sheets, blankets, pillow
• two days change of clothes
• personal items and toiletries
• non-perishable food and water.
Simon Holt: There is plenty of debris flowing down the Brisbane River right now. No pontoons as was the case in 2011, but lots of dead branches and bushes.
If it wasn't so serious, you'd think it was Brisbane's version of a Spring clean.
Bridie Jabour: Wivenhoe Dam is currently at 119 per cent and expected to reach 140 per cent, which is nothing to be alarmed about but it is mind boggling how much rain has fallen since Saturday morning.
On Friday, Wivenhoe Dam was at 91 per cent when water releases were ordered by the state government.
The dam was reduced to about 88 per cent by Saturday morning and was at 89 per cent yesterday.
In roughly 24 hours the levels have risen to 119 per cent.
Dam releases stopped this morning at Wivenhoe and will resume again once the worst of the flooding is over.
There is still hundreds of thousands of megalitres worth of storage space left in Wivenhoe and no concerns that flooding will be caused because of the dam.
Dan Nancarrow: The Burnett River in Bundaberg is at 9.2m and rising.
Senior sergeant Grant Marcus, executive officer of the Bundaberg District Disaster Management, has told ABC 612 as many as 1000 people have needed to be winched to safety by Blackhawk helicopters in North Bundaberg.
He has urged residents to stay safe and evacuate where necessary.
As someone who has both lived and worked in Gympie, you have to feel for the town as it goes under yet again. But I've never seen a community that copes so well with flood waters. They main street traders work like a well-oiled machine to evacuate stock and locals know exactly where the waters tend to go. Practice makes perfect.
Amy Remeikis: As many as 120 people have evacuated to the Ipswich Showgrounds with the Bremer River set to peak at 6pm.
There are also a number of evacuees at Shiloh Church on Redbank Plains Road.
We're still waiting on a full list of school closures. Was due to be released at 3pm but things running a touch late down on George St. Resume buffing the school shoes and making lunches until further notice.
Dan Nancarrow: An update on the situation in Maryborough and Hervey Bay:
The Fraser Coast Mayor haspredicted around 30 businesses and around 100 homes will be flooded by this evening.— 4BC Brisbane (@NewsTalk4BC) January 28, 2013
Katherine Feeney: Anxious wait - the three-year-old boy who was injured when he became trapped under a tree with his mother at Gordon Park this morning is in a critical condition in hospital. His 30-year-old mum is also being treated in hospital for head injuries, but her condition is not known...
Boy dies after tree fall
A three-year old boy has died after being hit by a falling gum tree while watching floodwaters at Kedron Brook on Brisbane's northside Monday.PT1M11S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2dgjl 620 349 January 28, 2013
Simon Holt: Optus has issued a release to say they're still operating from Rockhampton to Cairns. Both mobile and fixed broadband services are available in each major population centre.
Katherine Feeney: With damaging winds kicking up more than a just storm in Brisbane and surrounds, RACQ is urging all affected insurance policyholders to lodge claims arising from the severe weather as soon as possible.
RACQ Insurance CEO Bradley Heath said people could call a 24-hour hotline on 13 72 02.
Katherine Feeney: About 300 evacuees who had been airlifted from northern Bundaberg to an evacuation centre at Oakwood State Cchool are being evacuated again, Queensland Police has confirmed.
The evacuees are currently being transported to another evacuation site called Agro Trends near Bundaberg Airport...
Phil Lutton: Hold up there Cowboys. After having his concert confirmed to go ahead tonight at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Keith Urban's gig has now been cancelled.
That's a shame for fans and for Keith, who presumably is having an terrible time with his hair in this god-awful weather.
Katherine Feeney: With Brisbane on the precipice of its first flood peak, thoughts turn to the Queensland regions already battling with the big wet.
Ipswich is suffering as the Bremer River breaks its. Evacuations are underway as homes and businesses begin to flood. Mayor Paul Pisasale says about 350 properties are expected to flood as the river heads towards the first of a number of peaks. A 15-metre flood peak is expected in Ipswich about 6pm (AEST) on Monday night.
Logan residents bordering the Logan and Albert rivers have been warned to prepare for flood as storm waters rise. Logan Mayor Pam Parker said Council had door-knocked 88 properties in the suburbs of Beenleigh, Eagleby and Mount Warren Park in preparation for the Albert River peaking at 3pm this afternoon. The river was projected to peak at 5.8m. South Maclean is expected to peak at 9pm tonight and Waterford at 6am Tuesday. Maclean's Bridge is expected to peak at 17m while Waterford is tipped to reach 9m.
Sunshine Coast is recovering from the worst of the bad weather. Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Coordinator Alan Rogers said the main focus today would be on assessing the damage. The region received between 120-375mm of rain over the past 24 hours. Up to 50mm is expected today in some areas. An estimated 26,000 homes are without power and 64 transformers out of action. About 100 people arrived at Council’s evacuation centres – most were travellers who couldn’t get home.
Gold Coast is seeing showers, easing during the day, with strong to gale force NE winds and damaging wind gusts forecast. Dangerous surf conditions will keep beaches closed and residents are being warned to steer clear of fast flowing creeks. Foam whipped up from the surf is wrecking havoc with roads at Burleigh heads. Mayor Tom Tate has advised that the Disaster Management Unit hotline - 1800 606 000 - has been activated (10.30am) to assist with overflow calls from 132500 (SES call centre number).
Lockyer Valley, which lost 19 people to the January 2011 flood disaster, has seen flood levels higher than last time. Authorities are trying to reach people isolated at evacuation centres. Mayor Steve Jones says waters have already risen one metre higher at Glenore Grove and about three metres higher in Tent Hill Creek than they were two years ago.
Bundaberg is undergoing forced evacuations of up to 5000 people. Authorities are saying people could die if they stay. Helicopters have been deployed to carry out rescues with the support of army Black Hawks. Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has said more than 2000 properties have been affected. Houses in the north of the city could be swept away by the ferocious waters.
Rockhampton residents are being told to prepare their homes ahead of the weekend. Deputy Mayor Tony Williams says the Fitzroy River is expected to peak at about 8.5 metres on Saturday night. Levels should fall short of the flooding seen in 2011.
Dan Nancarrow: RACQ has urged affected insurance policyholders to lodge claims arising from flooding and recent storms as soon as possible.
“RACQ Insurance is operating its 24-hour hotline, 13 72 02, for customers to lodge claims directly over the phone with no forms to fill out,” RACQ Insurance CEO Bradley Heath said.
Bridie Jabour: Bureau of Meterology chief Rod Kidd says there is a chance Brisbane will have thunderstorms this afternoon.
"It's a good day to stay indoors," he said.
Premier Campbell Newman says the advice released yesterday about which houses will be affected in flood maps remains the same.
Premier Campbell Newman, Bureau of Meterology chief Rod Kidd and the hearing impaired translator. Photo: Bridie Jabour
Simon O'Brien: Energex has released another update on the power outages.
There are currently 238,676 homes blacked out in southeast Queensland.
That figure includes 87,000 houses in Brisbane, 35,000 on the Gold Coast, 6200 in Ipswich and 24,800 in Logan.
Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman says he will be writing a personal cheque this evening for the flood appeal.
"North Bundaberg is turning into one, maybe two islands," he said.
About 70 percent of houses in North Bundaberg are expected to be inundated.
Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman says the government is working on a basis that 1500 people are trapped in Bundaberg.
Storm damage in New Farm. Photo: Brett Douglas
Dan Nancarrow: The wild winds have left some buildings exposed to any further rainfall.
These windows were blown out at a unit block on Moray Street in New Farm. Glass broke on the ground below.
Simon O'Brien: The Premier takes to Twitter to talk dams:
Premier: I am very happy that the dams are doing their job. We will be able to hold water back in Wivenhoe. -PT— Campbell Newman (@theqldpremier) January 28, 2013
Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman said if there had not been releases on the weekend, the dams would have a bit more water in the flood mitigation storage.
He said there will be releases once the flooding is over in Brisbane.
Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman says the flood in Brisbane has been caused almost completely by downpours outside of the Wivenhoe Dam.
"The dams are doing what they're meant to do," he said.
When asked if releases on the weekend had any affect on flooding, Mr Newman said he would leave the analysis until after the floods.
Schools - now Milton State School added to the list of closures. Classrooms shut on Tuesday, should be open on Wednesday. Don't forget we will have a full list of school closures on the site from 3pm.
Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman says anyone trapped in Bundaberg should try to group together with neighbours.
He says it's important for people to think of their elderly and disabled neighbours to make sure everyone gets out.
"We've really got to work together to get everyone out," he said.
Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman says there is scope for more helicopters to be brought in to help the people of Bundaberg.
He says he is aware of three flood-related fatalities.
There is no estimated cost of the flood damage yet.
Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman finishes his statement by asking people to donate to the 2013 flood appeal.
"This is a major flood crisis for the people of Queensland but they are up to the challenge," he said.
Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman says cabinet is telling private firms it is up to them whether they continue business tomorrow in the CBD.
He is warning companies public transport will be severely disrupted until around Friday.
"We're not suggesting people shouldn't goto work," he said.
Mr Newman said the public service managers will be asked to consider if their employees can work from home.
Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman says there are no major issues on The Gold Coast.
Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman says schools will be open unless specific advice says they should not be.
Information will be available on the Department of Education and Training website from 3pm about which schools will not be open.
Katherine Feeney: Some minor inundation has affected low-lying coastal areas of Moreton Bay today thanks to this morning's high tide.
Hays Inlet, Donnybrook, Esplanade North, Toorbul Esplanade, First Avenue and Second Avenue, Beachmere, Bongaree, Bellara and Sandstone Point have been affected, with minor flooding recorded at Meldale which seems to have missed homes.
Moreton Bay Regional Council is advising the tide peaked below canal revetment walls.
Bridie Jabour: In Brisbane the peak forecast remains 2.6 metres.
"We will see a flood much lower than 2011," Mr Newman said.
In the centenary suburbs the forecast is a peak 7 metres lower than 2011. There are more than 100 roads closed in Brisbane and major power outages across southeast Queensland.
Latest figures are more than 200,000 households are out of power.
Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman says people in Gympie need to be prepared to move. He says people in Laidley should have evacuated by now and in Ipswich the current projections are a 15 metre peak."
It's a little bit more than what we expected yesterday," he said. Mr Newman said the largest flood impact will be in Goodna.
Bridie Jabour: Extra police are being flown into Bundaberg and there are "real concerns" about the hospital, according to Premier Campbell Newman.
About 60 patients are being moved from the ground floor of the hospital to the first level.
Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman said it is a very real prospect houses will be swept away in North Bundaberg this afternoon and this evening.
He says there are a significant amount of people about to be trapped, and although people have been evacuating, there are still people staying.
"If you can safely get out...please leave now," he said.
Mr Newman said helicopters are being mustered to rescue people and there are currently 14 helicopters available which can carry 82 people.
Bridie Jabour: Premier Campbell Newman says Queensland is in the grips of a crisis but the emergency services will do everything to "protect you, and even rescue you".
He is giving a brief on current situations in various Queensland rivers and towns from Rockhampton down.
While the rain has eased and even stopped in most places, the flooding is yet to come.
Mr Newman said Bundaberg is the main area of concern. The Burnett River is 9 metres. Mr Newman said "we are in in chartered territory".
Scott Beveridge: Nine News has filmed some pretty amazing pictures at Bundaberg. You get a real sense of the power of the water which is gushing powerfully through the streets.
People are being airlifted off rooftops and speedboats are rescuing other people from their homes with the rapidly rising water taking a lot of people by surprise.
Bundaberg going under
RAW VISION: Bundaberg residents are airlifted off rooftops and ferried by boat as water gushes through the streets: Vision: Nine News.PT1M1S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2dgd9 620 349 January 28, 2013
Amy Remeikis: Here's a shot of the river at Goodna from the boat ramp at Noel Kelly Drive.
Several trees down. Police have blocked it off, but people are coming through for photos.
. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Peter Hannam: Insurance claims from the latest Queensland floods have already topped $43 million, as river levels continue to rise in large parts of the state.
As early as Monday afternoon, about 5050 claims had been lodged relating to losses from the major rain event now affecting Queensland and New South Wales, said Campbell Fuller, general manager for communications at the the Insurance Council of Australia.
The total claimed losses are likely to be reach $50 million by mid week, he said.
Katherine Feeney: Might be time to move: Logan is on alert with council currently door-knocking 88 properties in Beenleigh, Eagleby and Mount Warren Park warning of the risk of flood and checking resident's exit strategies. The Albert River is expected to peak at 3pm today, with the expected peak at 5.8 metres. Anyone unsure of whether they'll be affected should check new flood maps on Council's website.
Schools are biting the dust in a hurry. Both of the Grammar schools in Ipswich (boys and girls) will be closed tomorrow and Wednesday and will aim to be up and running again on Thursday. Also, St Peter's Lutheran at Indro is closed tomorrow, attempting to open on Wednesday. Keep an eye on the school websites for further updates and we'll do our best to keep across this expanding list.
Another school down - Nudgee Junior College is off limits tomorrow and plans to re-open on Wednesday. Take the kids to the movies instead. Go on.
Dan Nancarrow: The South Bank Parklands remain open but visitors have been advised to take caution if they are coming into the precinct.
South Bank Corporation CEO Jeff Weigh said the Clem Jones Promenade has been closed due to severe weather.
Plenty of residents of the Mary Valley, about 40km inland from Gympie, have been cut off by flood waters and many are facing the likelihood of being without power for days. Generators are going all over the region but supplies are at a premium until the bridges can be used when the water subsides.
Dan Nancarrow: Flooding has hit the city's inner north. Here's some of the photos from around Breakfast Creek and Albion, as well as other reader pics:
Big wet comes south
The Brisbane River spills onto the bike path along Coronation Drive. Photo: Matt Warrell
Parents take note - we'll know more about school closures from 3pm this afternoon, when JP Langbroek's office will put out a list. We already know St Margaret's and St Aidan's in Brisbane are keeping the doors closed tomorrow. If you know of any other schools likely to be out of action, let us know.
Katherine Feeney: Redland City Mayor Karen Williams says crews are continuing to review and respond to damage reports from the overnight storms, with the city continuing to experience high winds and rain today.
Cr Williams said damaging wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h have been forecast to occur about central and southern parts of the Southeast Coast district, and urged people to stay inside as much as possible.
She said locally destructive wind gusts in excess of 125km/h were also possible, in coastal and elevated areas south of Brisbane.
Areas previously advised as affected include Victoria Point, Alexandra Hills, Capalaba,Cleveland, Redland Bay, Ormiston, Wellington Point, Mount Cotton, Thorneside,Sheldon, Thornlands, Birkdale as well as Coochiemudlo, Lamb, Karragarra, Russell andMacleay Islands.
Dan Nancarrow: Brisbane Airport remains open but there are many delayed and cancelled flights across all airlines.
Leonie Vandeven from Brisbane Airport Corporation says customers should check the status of their flights online with their respective airlines, as there are considerable phone delays with call centres.
Phil Lutton: Most schools will be open tomorrow but there's a few kids who are getting an extra day off. St Margaret's in Ascot and St Aidan's in Corinda are two that won't be able to welcome students on Tuesday. Stay tuned and we'lll keep you updated on schools as the floodwaters peak.
Simon O'Brien: In Brisbane 88,000 homes are currently blacked out.
The affected suburbs include Durack, Inala, eight mile Plains, Macgregor, Robertson, Sunnybank, Oxley, Holland Park West, Chapel Hill , Indooroopilly, Auchenflower, Bardon, Paddington, Algester, Calamvale, Tarragindi, Albion, Bowen Hills, Clayfield, Windsor, Wooloowin, Dutton Park, Highgate Hill, Woolloongabba, Albion, Rocklea, Seventeen Mile Rocks, Aspley, Chermside, Wishart, Port of Brisbane, Manly, Moorooka, Yeronga, Logan Central, Marsden, Rochedale, Kuraby, Underwood, Everton Hills, McDowall, and Enoggera.
Simon O'Brien: The wind and rain may be easing, but Energex staff have a big few days ahead of them.
More than 230,000 southeast Queensland homes are still without power and it could be days before it's restored across the region.
Since midday Saturday 283,000 homes - almost a quarter of the southeast Queensland power network, and more customers affected by the January 2011 floods - have been affected.
Energex is urging residents to only call the company if they see damaged or fallen power lines.
"We are aware of all outages and are working to restore power as soon as it's safe to do so," a spokeswoman says.
Stephen Cauchi: All flights in and out of the Gold Coast have been suspended until further notice, Australia's major airlines have reported.
However, flights could resume if the weather improves this afternoon.
Amy Remeikis: Francisco Klonucar only just started to rebuild a couple of months ago. He has been living in a demountable and storing the building materials he will use to construct his new home in a shed next door.
Now he faces losing it all again.
"I've got insulation in here, gyprock, a new vanity, a fridge...just things I have been pulling together to build my house.
"I'm just doing it myself you see.
"Now it looks like it's all going to go. I've got no where to take it."
. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Here's a great site to keep up with all of the latest road closures around the state. This list tends to change rapidly so if you are planning to travel and are concerned as to whether you can get through, have a look before you set off.
Dan Nancarrow: Local Government Association of Queensland's Craig Johnstone says a forced evacuation has been ordered for North Bundaberg east of the railway line.
Evacuees will be taken to Oakwood State School. Blackhawk helicopters are on standby.
Dan Nancarrow: Channel 9 is reporting that students will be required to go to school tomorrow, unless their school has been flooded.
Dan Nancarrow: Bundaberg District Officer Rowan Bond has declared a mandatory evacuation of Bundaberg North.
Premier Campbell Newman has tweeted that an evacuation centre has been set up at Bundaberg North State High School.
Dan Nancarrow: It's still a public holiday, so there is still beer to be drunk:
Marissa Calligeros: Gold Coast beaches are getting an absolute hammering. Ferocious waves are smashing through the windows of Meesh's restaurant near Burleigh Hill.
Katherine Feeney: Transport minister Scott Emerson is warning repairs to roads and public transport won't be finished anytime soon.
Speaking from the Emergency Management headquarters just after noon, Mr Emerson told motorists and commuters to avoid travelling where possible due to dangerous conditions and extensive damage to the transport network.
“We are trying to get the system back on and working in terms of the roads, buses and trains, and ferries, but we’ve got to do that as safely as possible,” Mr Emerson said from the Emergency Management headquarters just after noon.
“It will take us a couple of days to get things back to possible.”
Mr Emerson said people should check ahead before making a journey on public transport.
24 persons evacuated from Cullen St, Windsor. A number of persons have chosen to remain. #bigwet #qldfloods twitter.com/QldSES/status/… — Qld SES (@QldSES) January 28, 2013
All is not lost for fans of new-age crossover country rock and in particular, the particular brand of tune supplied by Keith Urban. The man with the pristine hair and silken voice will be crooning tonight at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, despite the weather. His concert is going ahead as the carpark and roads are apparently clear. Gates open at 5.30pm. Keith strumming from 8.40pm. Yeeeeee-haw!
Dan Nancarrow: Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson has repeated calls for people to stay at home today.
"If you don't have to be out there, don't go out there at the moment," he said.
Simon O'Brien: Ready to roll up your sleeves and lend a hand again, Brisbane?
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says the city is in need of sandbag volunteers.
Register at volunteeringqld.gov.au and wait to be contacted. Don't just show up, he says.
Bridie Jabour: The flood peak in the Ipswich CBD has been revised from midnight to 6pm. It will peak around the 15 metre mark according to the Ipswich City Council, four metres below the 2011 levels.
Goodna will peak at 10 metres sometime tomorrow morning and the council estimates about 10 properties in the suburb will be affected by flood water.
Scott Beveridge: The Brisbane river is again breaking its banks along Eagle Street, creeping into restaurants.
Here is some vision from there and other suburbs around Brisbane and Redcliffe where residents have captured what's happening around their neighbourhoods.
Water floods Eagle Street
RAW VISION: Floodwaters flow into restaurants along the Eagle street pier as amateur vision captures the impact of the rain across Brisbane and Redcliffe.PT1M0S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2dg44 620 349 January 28, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: The Brisbane River is spilling on to the Bicentennial Bikeway.
. Photo: Matt Warrell
Simon Holt: Due to the wet weather QUT campuses are closed today and tomorrow.
Gardens Point, Kelvin Grove and Caboolture are all shut.
Phil Lutton: Staff shift to higher ground as the water infiltrates the Riverbar on Eagle Street Pier.
. Photo: Phil Lutton
Simon O'Brien: Hang in there if you're in a blackout at the moment. Energex crews are working around the clock to restore power, but are facing dangerous conditions.
Here's the situation in southeast Queensland as of 10.30am Monday:
- 200,000 homes area still without power
- 1200 powerlines are down
Energex says some areas may remain without power until Tuesday and in some cases Wednesday.
. Photo: Phil Lutton
Phil Lutton: The wind has been very strong in the city. This is another photo from Market Street in the city.
Simon O'Brien: The QPS Media has tweeted that Ipswich police are door knocking properties likely to be impacted by flooding on the Bremer River.
. Photo: Phil Lutton
Phil Lutton: There's currently no rain falling in the city but winds are still blowing trees sideways through narrow CBD streets. This photo was taken in Market Street:
Simon O'Brien: The Bureau of Meteorology has reissued a flood warning for the Burnett River.
Flooding has peaked at 23 metres at Mundubberra on Monday morning, slightly below the 1942 peak level of 23.6 metres.
At 10am Monday, the river level at Bundaberg was at 9.05 metres and rising.
The Burnett River at Bundaberg is expected to continue rising during Monday and Tuesday as peak flows arrive from upstream.
A peak above nine metres is expected late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
The December 2010 flood level at Bundaberg was 7.92 metres. The 1942 flood reached 8.59 metres.
Katherine Feeney: Worried, waiting, watching: Leanne McGrath from Fish Lovers at Rosalie says some cafes and restaurants in the area are doing all they can to mitigate flood risk. Though the water levels aren't expected to reach 2011 levels, Ms McGrath said Torwood Street south of Baroona Road is underwater, and the mood is tense.
"We're worried - of course - it brings back memories of 2011 though we're told it's not going to come up as high as us," she said.
"Our shop was inundated then, and completely gutted - it's still a brand new shop so we're doing all we can, moving stock to higher ground and watching for the latest updates and trying to be as prepared as possible."
Meanwhile Mario Perna from Salt Cafe said he was putting his faith in the back-flow valve system installed in the wake of January 2011.
"We should be fine with them - and it's supposed to be lower," he said. "We're just waiting to see what happens."
A photo from ABC 612 Brisbane shows sandbagging underway at Rosalie, Brisbane, on Monday.
Dan Nancarrow: Inner city residents are taking precautions as water continues to rise:
Water in basement car parks of riverfront units in West End ankle deep and rising, residents say. People moving things to higher ground— Susan Hetherington (@snoozen) January 28, 2013
Natalie Bochenski: Brisbane's weekly farmers' market in Reddacliff Place has been cancelled this Wednesday.
Organiser Jan Power says many stallholders will have trouble getting into the city from their farms, and many staff are stuck without power.
Bridie Jabour: A man has been spotted jet skiing in the flooded Brisbane River. This is the sort of behaviour police, politicians and emergency workers have been warning against. There is so much debris and the river is so fast flowing, that going in it in any type of craft is very dangerous.
. Photo: Channel 7
Amy Remeikis: Residents in Mill and Enid streets in Ipswich are already preparing to evacuate after last night being warned the flood hitting their area would be just as bad, if not worse, than 2011.
Two years ago the water was about five metres above many houses in this area, and residents only had 15 minutes warning.
This time they are taking no chances, however emotion is running high as many residents have only just been able to move back to their homes in recent months.
Resident Shiralee Main said she couldn't believe it was happening again so soon.
"I am physically, mentally and emotionally drained, and in so much pain. I don't know how we're going to do it again," she said.
. Photo: Amy Remeikis
. Photo: Simon Ward/Channel 9
Phil Lutton: Simon Ward from Channel 9 has tweeted this picture of water flowing into the River Bar on Eagle Street Pier:
Dan Nancarrow: Queensland Police have advised residents that the Ipswich Showgrounds and Shiloh Church at Goodna have been opened as evacuation centres.
Marissa Calligeros: There are large patches of blue sky appearing over Brisbane. It looks like the rivers will rise under blue skies just like two years ago.
Scott Beveridge: Dozens of people are being airlifted to safety after being caught in floodwaters across Queensland.
Here is some footage from some of those rescues including the heart wrenching vision of a toddler being picked up south of Rockhampton.
The rescue harness wouldn't fit him so they had to squeeze the little boy into an equipment bag.
Toddler saved in helicopter rescue
A toddler is airlifted to safety in a dramatic rescue south of Rockhampton, just one of a number of helicopter rescues being performed across Queensland.PT1M22S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2dfy9 620 349 January 28, 2013
Amy Remeikis: Residents in Enid Street, Goodna, are preparing to evacuate their homes.
. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Marissa Calligeros: There's been a large swell in Manly boat harbour. Boats are bobbing around like rubber ducks in a bath tub. Reports of damage.
Daniel Hurst: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will help fill sandbags in Brisbane as the city braces for flooding after days of wild weather.
Mr Abbott is visiting an SES Depot where Brisbane City Council staff and volunteers are filling sandbags ahead of forecasts some 3600 residential homes could be affected by floods in the next few days.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will also be helping at the depot.
Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan, meanwhile, has visited Goodna, in Ipswich city, west of Brisbane, where residents have also been put on flood alert.
On Twitter, Mr Swan said: Just visited some homes in Enid St Goodna where people are evacuating- great to see so many people turning up offering to help #qldspirit’’.
Mr Swan said five more Queensland areas were declared eligible for disaster assistance overnight: the Fraser Coast, Sunshine Coast, Gympie, Moreton Bay and North Burnett local government areas.
This meant 34 Queensland council areas were now eligible.
Bridie Jabour: Ipswich locals are being urged to consider evacuating with a flooding emergency alert issued for the Bremer River and Ispwich City regions.
The Ipswich Local Disaster Management Group have issued the flooding emergency alert and an evacuation centre has been established in the Ipswich Showgrounds.
People in flood prone or low lying areas should consider evacuation or seek higher ground now.
Eagle Street Pier.
Phil Lutton: Police have closed Eagle Street in Brisbane's CBD as water seeps on to the road.
The Brisbane River has also spilled on to the walkway along Eagle Street Pier.
Restaurants along the river are preparing for the worst but it doesn't seem like we are going to see a repeat of the carnage of 2011. There is some water in Matt Moran's Riverbar and the river was lapping at Jellyfish so stay tuned.
Dan Nancarrow: Our photographers and readers are helping us keep up to date with all the flooding around Queensland.
If you have any photos of the wet weather to run in this gallery send them to email@example.com
Big wet comes south
The Brisbane River spills onto the bike path along Coronation Drive. Photo: Matt Warrell
Natalie Bochenski: The weather bureau has updated its forecast flood peaks.
Ipswich: Major flood peak near 15 metres by Monday evening (4 metres under 2011 level).
Moggill: Peaking below the minor flood level (10 metres) at about 9.5 m overnight Monday.
Jindalee: Peaking near the minor flood level (6 metres) early Tuesday morning, about 7 metres below the January 2011 flood.
Brisbane: Multiple minor flood peaks above 2 metres coinciding with the peak of high tides between Monday and, at least until, Wednesday, with the most significant of 2.6 metres about 11am Tuesday.
Scott Beveridge: Bundaberg has seen some of the worst devastation with homes ruined by tornadoes.
Here is a bit of a wrap from Channel Ten of some of the worst hit areas.
Storm 'like a freight train'
Tornadoes destroy homes at Bundaberg with an "unbelievable" storm that "came out of nowhere" and is causing widespread devastation across Queensland.PT2M28S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2dfpd 620 349 January 28, 2013
Natalie Bochenski: Energex is requesting southeast Queenslanders only call them to report fallen powerlines or other immediate dangers, saying they already know about the vast majority of power outages.
An Energex spokesperson has told us people are waiting on hold for an hour to inform the supplier of a power outage, and getting upset when they're told Energex already knows. They want to save you that frustration!
225,000 homes and businesses are without power. Energex crews have been deployed around the region, but are focusing on the north coast primarily, and will follow the storm's damage south.
Scott Beveridge: This is incredible vision.. massive froth along the esplanade around Mooloolaba and Alexandra Headland on the Sunshine Coast.
A bus is driving through the froth, but little do bystanders realise, there is another vehicle coming straight for them!
Submerged car magically appears
A car stuns police and onlookers on the Sunshine Coast, almost running down two police officers after driving while completely submerged by a blanket of froth.PT0M35S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2dfsy 620 349 January 28, 2013
Here's the latest list of road closures from around the region. There are 17 flooded, 18 have power lines across the road and trees block 33. We'll keep updating this list throughout the day as it can fluctuate rapidly as some roads clear and others close. Suffice to say, best to stay away from them all.
Amy Remeikis: Off-duty Enoggera firefighter Greg Thistleson freed a pregnant woman trapped under a tree at Gordon Park this morning.
He was driving home from work when he saw emergency crews tending to the woman at about 8.30am.
The little boy was pulled out in minutes. But the woman was trapped under the tree for 25 minutes.
Using a chain saw in the back of his ute he cut the branches to take the weight off her and helped ambos and firies move in.
The woman suffered facial and leg injuries. Both she and her son were taken Royal Brisbane Hospital.
Off-duty Enoggera firefighter Greg Thistleton with the tree that trapped a woman today. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Peter Hannam: Just got some early numbers of insurance claims from the floods:
So far, there have been "just shy of 3000 claims" from Queensland, involving insured losses of about $27 million, according to Campbell Fuller, general manager for communications at the Insurance Council of Australia.
The tally of claims is very early and the numbers of both claims and losses will continue to increase. "Rivers are still rising across south-eastern Queensland," he said.
Dan Nancarrow: A reminder to residents to stay indoors:
Natalie Bochenski: Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has issued another plea to motorists to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.
68 roads are currently closed: 33 because of fallen trees; 18 due to fallen powerlines and 17 as a result of flooding.
"If you don't need to be on the road, then please don't get in the car, we don't need any more incidents," Cr Quirk said.
And just to make matters worse, the gallops have been called off today at Doomben. Put a line through all of your selections. To cheer everyone up, I might even post a tip a bit later on once I've run my eye over the form. Stay tuned.
Amy Remeikis: Northey street in Wilston was under about two metres of water from 5pm yesterday.
When the water dropped off this morning staff and volunteers at the Northey Street city farm moved in to rescue chickens.
"We got six," site and event manager Kylie Mitchell said.
"Three we can't find. Hopefully they are running around the neighborhood somewhere.
Big wet comes south
The Brisbane River spills onto the bike path along Coronation Drive. Photo: Matt Warrell
Dan Nancarrow: The wild weather has certainly produced some bizarre occurrences:
Natalie Bochenski: There are reports police have found the body of a motorcyclist swept away by floodwaters late last night.
The man was washed off a bridge along the Greenbank-Goodna Road around 11pm.
Passers-by tried to help by throwing him ropes, but the man was swept downstream.
Police and swift water crews had been searching through the night.
News coming in from Brisbane's Bayside that the esplanade at Lota, which is around the bend from Manly, is underwater from tidal surges and rain and starting to lap at homes. Stay away from there folks and keep your distance from the coast. There's plenty of trees down along Wynnum Rd as well, with water lapping at parts of the road out towards Tingalpa. Again, no need to be out on the roads unless it's a necessity.
Natalie Bochenski: The state government has just activated disaster relief funding for residents in the Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Gympie, Fraser Coast and North Burnett regional council areas.
Personal hardship grants of up to $180 per person, and up to $900 for a family of five or more, are available to those affected by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.
People can call the Department of Communities on 1800 173 348 for assistance.
There has been an issue with the Brisbane radar, so we've taken down our image from the top of the page. Thankfully, that whopping great cloud mass is no longer over Brisbane and has moved further south. We're going to update that live radar image but in the meantime, you can check out this Weatherzone map for the latest information.
Natalie Bochenski: It could be two days before power is restored to parts of the Gold Coast and regional Queensland, due to squally winds making conditions dangerous for repair crews.
Energex spokesperson Mike Swanston has told Fairfax Radio 4BC that 225,000 homes and businesses are without power.
He says crews will work from the north coast down, as the weather in those areas clears. However, he says regional areas severely affected by flooding and the parts of the Gold Coast still being hammered were unlikely to get power back before Wednesday.
Natalie Bochenski: The Moreton Bay regional council says possible storm tidal surges could affect residents in waterfront estates, including Newport Canal, Pacific Harbour Canal and Bribie Gardens Canal.
A high tide 0.2metres higher than yesterday's is expected to impact low-lying coastal areas of the region around 10.30am.
Natalie Bochenski: Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan will visit Enid Street at Goodna at 9am.
Local councillor Paul Tully says the street is virtually a ghost town after residents - who were flooded two years ago - started packing up and evacuating late yesterday.
Natalie Bochenski: Premier Campbell Newman is driving into Ipswich right now to spend time with Mayor Paul Pisasale and its already flood-weary citizens.
He's told Fairfax Radio 4BC that locals must consult flood maps released on the council's website ahead of a predicted peak of the Bremer River through Ipswich of 11.7 metres.
"If they're on those maps, they must take action to protect themselves and their families," he's told host Greg Cary.
Natalie Bochenski: Things are very serious in Bundaberg, one of the areas worst-hit by the tumultuous weather.
Police are calling for residents in North Bundaberg who need rescuing to get onto their roofs, so choppers can spot them and winch them away.
They're asking friends and relatives to pass on the message to anyone in North Bundaberg whose home has been inundated with floodwaters.
PHOTO: Several people winched to safety from flooded Bundaberg.twitpic.com/bytx4l— Nine News Brisbane (@9NewsBrisbane) January 27, 2013
Natalie Bochenski: Inspector David Morganti from the Brisbane District Disaster Management group has reiterated the need for people to stay off the roads and away from floodwaters today.
"We obviously urge all people to act with extreme caution, public safety is a priority. Don’t drive in flooded waters, if it’s flooded, forget it," he says.
"While we understand a lot of people are going through very worrying times, and there’s a lot of angst at the moment, we really want to avoid tragedies and we don’t want to have any unnecessary loss of life."
Natalie Bochenski: Energex says 225,000 homes and businesses across southeast Queensland are without power this morning.
The power company says its crews are focusing on the north coast first, and following the trail of destruction wrought by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald south.
Natalie Bochenski: Sad news - Gympie police have recovered the body of a 27-year-old man swept away in floodwaters yesterday.
The man went missing near Widgee Creek west of Gympie, which is expecting a flood peak of 21 metres later today.
It's believed the man was in a wheelchair and had been travelling with his mother and her partner.
An elderly man died at Burnett Heads near Bundaberg yesterday while trying to secure his boat.
A man is still missing at Greenbank in Brisbane's southwest, after his motorcycle was swept off a bridge on the Greenbank-Goodna road around 11 o'clock last night.
Natalie Bochenski: Premier Campbell Newman has told a media briefing he's confident he'll see Queensland's Mud Army reassemble in the aftermath of the state's latest meteorological mauling.
It's something EMQ director of disaster operations Mike Shapland would happily welcome.
"If there are communities and councils that call for something like that, we'd encourage people to respond to those mass clean-ups," he's told brisbanetimes.com.au.
Until then, you can help by donating to the Queensland Floods Appeal, launched by Premier Newman this morning with a $1 million donation.
Donate through the Red Cross website or call 1800 811 700.
Natalie Bochenski: Damage to Telstra exchanges in northern and western Queensland means many people can't call Triple Zero, even from their mobile phones.
Emergency services have established a series of local numbers to call if people can't contact Triple Zero.
Cairns – 4030 7000
Mareeba – 4030 3340
Townsville – 4750 5581 and 4750 5583
Mt Isa – 4744 1111 and 4744 1808
Mackay – 4968 3530
Gladstone – 4971 3222
Rockhampton - Triple Zero (000) – via alternative carrier only
Natalie Bochenski: There are scores of road closures across Brisbane and southeast Queensland, mainly due to fallen powerlines and trees knocked over by strong winds.
You can find a comprehensive list at the Department of Main Roads website.
Natalie Bochenski: The weather bureau has just released a flood update for the Lower Brisbane and Bremer rivers, and for the Laidley and Lockyer creeks.
River levels are continuing to rise along the Bremer River and Warrill Creek upstream of Ipswich. Moderate to major flood levels continue to rise along Warrill Creek at Kalbar, Harrisville and Amberley and on the Bremer River at Rosewood and Walloon. Ipswich is expected to exceed the major flood level of 11.7 metres during Monday morning with further rises during Monday afternoon and overnight Monday.
Minor flooding is expected along the lower Brisbane River downstream of Moggill. At the Brisbane City gauge, minor flood levels are expected on the peak of the high tides from Monday morning to Thursday morning. The highest level is expected on the high tide at 11am Tuesday.
Major flooding is occuring in the Laidley creek, with minor flooding in the Lockyer creek and at Gatton. Major flood levels are falling at Grantham.
Natalie Bochenski: Ipswich councillor Paul Tully has once again turned reporter/social worker, as his hometown of Goodna looks set to flood again.
He's sent us this picture of the Goodna boat ramp, where the Brisbane River is rising rapidly. It's expected to peak around 11 metres, around 5 metres lower than in January 2011.
However, Councillor Tully says residents he's speaking to are understandably nervous about the situation worsening, particularly as some of them have only moved back into their homes in the past few months.
Waters rise at the Goodna boat ramp. Photo: Paul Tully
Natalie Bochenski: Talk about making waves.
This graph from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection shows wave heights over the past few days.
You can see how turbulent the sea has been off Brisbane, with many individual waves over 10 metres recorded.
Ipswich City Council will open two evacuation centres later this morning as the city prepares to flood again.
Mayor Paul Pisasale has called on residents in low-lying areas to start preparations to self-evacuate.
"I want to stress that we do have a little more time on our side compared to 2011, and the level will be 4 or 5 metres lower than 2011," he says.
"The flood peak for the Bremer in Ipswich is predicted for midnight or later tonight, and the Brisbane River at Goodna likely to peak Wednesday morning."
A list of properties expected to be flooded is available on the Ipswich City Council website.
Natalie Bochenski: Translink has advised Brisbane residents to avoid all travel unless absolutely necessary, with significant delays across the transport network.
All CityCat and ferry services on the Brisbane River remain cancelled due to the weather.
Trains are suspended through the CBD and on the Ferny Grove line.
Police are also reminding motorists to stay at home where possible, with heavy debris across many roads.
Natalie Bochenski: Police and swift water crews are continuing a search for a man missing in floodwaters at Greenbank.
The motorcyclist was seen being swept off a bridge along the Greenbank-Goodna Road around 11pm.
Passers-by threw in ropes to try to save him, but he was washed downstream.
There have been scores of swift water rescue calls over the past 24 hours; however a Department of Community Safety spokesperson said most of the nine called in between 9pm Sunday and 4am Monday turned out to be mostly "non-events".
Natalie Bochenski: The torrent caused by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald is moving south, meaning there should be an easing in rain across Brisbane and the Gold Coast as we move through the day.
However, that doesn't mean a reprieve. Strong winds are still gusting, bringing down trees and powerlines.
Energex estimates 1200 fallen powerlines across southeast Queensland, and is reminding people to stay away from any exposed wires, and report them to 13 19 62.
There are approximately 170,000 homes and businesses without power this morning.
Natalie Bochenski: Good morning, and welcome to the refreshed Brisbane Live blog.
We've been covering southeast Queensland's unfolding rain and flood emergency since it began, and we'll shortly update this page with important details.
However, in breaking news, Premier Campbell Newman has just appeared on Channel 9's Today program to announce the establishment of the Queensland Floods Appeal 2013.
Donations can be made through the Red Cross website or by calling 1800 811 700.