The Bureau of Meteorology has issued warnings of “Life-threatening” floods to hit parts of Queensland today.
As the state is again battered with wild weather after similar situations in February and March this year, the bureau and authorities fear potentially disastrous conditions unfolding across the state.
Flash flooding and intensely swollen waterways have been reported across many areas as residents receive text-message warnings from their local councils and disaster management groups.
Queensland Police have also posted multiple alerts on social media warning people of the current and unfolding dangers of flooding and reiterating the message to “Back it up,” and that “If it’s flooded, forget it!”
Thousands have already been left stranded as many workers and students are not able to make it back to their homes, with residents in those areas providing much-needed accommodation to those affected.
Entire properties and towns have been cut off from all exit points as surrounding areas flood due to overland flow and overcapacity dam catchments.
Animals have also been photographed taking refuge in suburban backyards after freeing themselves from floodwaters.
Bureau of Meteorology’s Christine Johnson said Queensland will see conditions today that could be “life-threatening,” as some areas have been hit with more than 100mm of rain in the past 24 hours. There are multiple areas on alert from the Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay and Burnett area, Laidley, the Lockyer Valley, Cooby Creek in Toowoomba, and parts of the Scenic Rim, with many of those areas already experiencing flooding.
Warnings are also currently in place for areas including Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Gatton, Caboolture, Maroochydore, Kingaroy, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Bundaberg, and Gladstone.
Further alerts for major flooding have also been issued for Logan and parts of the Bremer River.
As conditions continue, Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson Laura Boekel said that it was a “very serious situation.”
The bureau took to Twitter today to demonstrate rainfall levels that have drenched the state, with broad areas receiving over 100mm, with Wilsons Peak receiving the highest rainfall totals of 290mm.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have already initiated nine swift-water rescues and responded to over 150 calls for assistance. Queensland Police already have one reported fatality in the Scenic Rim region of a motorist who was caught in floodwaters.
As flooding continues to lash the state with more downpours to come, Police and emergency services remind people to be prepared, stay safe, and not to travel through floodwaters.