Brisbane braces for 'flash flooding'
Residents in Brisbane can expect "heavy rainfall and potentially damaging winds" with 200mm of rain expected over the next 24 hours into Australia Day.PT1M31S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2dbcw 620 349 January 25, 2013
Brisbane is bracing for suburban flooding this weekend, with up to 300 millimetres of rain expected to fall.
Emergency services are on standby and water is being released from Wivenhoe Dam as a precaution.
Winds reaching up to 90 km/h could be clocked over the weekend, and the Gold and Sunshine coasts could get their highest tides in a year.
There are no concerns the Brisbane River will flood however, with members of the public instead being warned to be careful in their backyards.
Premier Campbell Newman urged people to stay away from creeks and stormwater drains.
"There are a number of locations around southeast Queensland and some very notorious locations in the city of Brisbane - such as Northey Street [in Windsor], places along Bulimba Creek, Kedron Brook and the like - that if we get intense rainfall across the localised urban catchments we could see flooding impacts there," he said.
Despite their focus on the suburbs, Mr Newman and the Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle have decided to release 41,000 megalitres of water from Wivenhoe Dam over the weekend.
The dam was at 91 per cent capacity on Friday. It was at about 174 per cent just before the 2011 floods.
Meanwhile, central and north Queensland will begin mopping up on Saturday after days of chaos caused by the damaging weather system.
More than 20 people had to be rescued from floodwaters on Friday.
In Rockhampton a 14-year-old boy was dramatically rescued after being found clinging to a tree surrounded by raging water in the suburb of Frenchville.
It took six swift water rescue officers half an hour to save him.
In another incident a rescue helicopter plucked eight motorists out of floodwaters in Wycarbah, southwest of Rockhampton.
In Gladstone, the sewers overflowed and sewage flowed onto the streets, and overnight police were still searching for two fishermen missing off the central Queensland coast.
For all the details on how the rain wreaked havoc on central Queensland on Friday click here.