Downpour is 'fantastic'
Heavy rain is a "saviour" for Queensland farmers but motorists are urged to "exercise extreme caution" with thunderstorms across the state. Nine NewsPT1M36S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-35kp4 620 349 March 27, 2014
Heavy rain that has caused damage in Yeppoon and lashed the Sunshine Coast is heading towards Brisbane, which could cause flash flooding.
Emergency Management Queensland regional director Wayne Hepple said several homes and businesses had been significantly damaged by fast flowing floodwaters in the central Queensland town of Yeppoon.
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‘‘From what I understand there were houses on hills where the rainfall event has gone down the driveway and gone through the house and the small drains around the houses have just been unable to cope,’’ he said.
‘‘Today is basically an assessment of the levels of damage and what clean-up and assistance the community needs.’’
Mr Hepple said the sudden, hard downpour meant it was difficult to react.
About 30 State Emergency Service volunteers had worked overnight to mend leaking roofs and help with sandbagging, he said.
A heavy rain warning is in place for southeast Queensland on Thursday afternoon, with between 50 to 150 millimetres tipped to fall in some areas.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Ken Kato said it was possible Brisbane could be hit with flash floods.
Other affected areas could include the Gold Coast, Ipswich, Maroochydore, Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Stanthorpe, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Taroom, Kingaroy and St George.
Mr Kato said 70 millimetres fell between 9am and midday at the Cooloolabin Dam in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
The highest Brisbane metropolitan rainfall was recorded at Kenmore Hills where 12 millimetres fell.
“We’re expecting the peak of the rain today and tonight, with heavier rainfall drifting over the Sunshine Coast towards the Brisbane area,” Mr Kato said.
“Probably the easing trend will start from early tomorrow. It probably won’t be a complete clearance, and there will be showers and thunderstorms in the area.”
In the 24 hours to 9.30am on Thursday, the highest falls in the southeast were near Gympie at Mount Wolvi, which recorded 141 millimetres.
The heavy rain in Brisbane is expected to ease by Friday afternoon, with isolated showers and possible thunderstorms to occur during the weekend.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised people to avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters, keep clear of creeks and storm drains, and contact the SES on 132 500 in an emergency.
A heavy rain warning has been issued for southeast Queensland, with the potential for flash flooding in Brisbane on Thursday afternoon.
Between 50 to 150 millimetres is tipped to fall in some parts of the southeast, with rains intensifying later in the day.
The Bureau of Meteorology said some of the affected areas could include Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Maroochydore, Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Stanthorpe, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Taroom, Kingaroy and St George.
Forecaster Matt Bass said there had been between 5 to 15 millimetres in the metropolitan area in the last day, with heavier rains towards the Great Dividing Range and in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
The heaviest falls were near Gympie at Mount Wolvi, which recorded 141 millimetres, he said.
“The weather warning is for a broad area of Queensland. [Flash flooding] may not happen in Brisbane but you couldn't rule it out at all,” Mr Bass said.
The heavy rain is expected to ease by Friday afternoon, with isolated showers and possible thunderstorms to occur during the weekend.
- with AAP