Almost 3000 homes were left without power as Queensland’s flood crisis moved to the southeast corner.
Brisbane residents are being offered sandbags and warned to prepare for flash flooding as the capital gets a taste of Queensland’s flood emergency.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicts heavy rain across the city today, with localised flooding possible in low-lying areas where the ground is already saturated from weeks of steady falls.
Brisbane City Council this morning advised residents in flood-prone areas that sandbags were available at depots around the city. The bureau’s top rainfalls for the past 24 hours were recorded in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, with West Bellthorpe recording 343 mm, and Maleny 337 mm. Brisbane Airport had 85.6mm and Everton Hills, in Brisbane’s north-west, had 188 mm.
Late last night 2844 homes across Brisbane’s east and bay areas, Brisbane Valley, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Gympie and Mary Valley, the Ipswich area and the Sunshine Coast remained without power. Energex said 10,000 homes were affected earlier in the day amid 5000 lightning strikes.
Roads in Tatters.
Nearly 200 roads across Queensland’s flood-ravaged areas have been cut or left severely damaged, causing major problems for motorists and truck drivers.
The final damage bill for the state’s road network is set to climb even higher than the $1.5 billion initially estimated.
Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said a final reckoning of the damage was still months away.
“Frankly we just don’t know the final impact yet,” he said. “Too much of our network is still under water.”
“We’ve got 33,000km of state roads and the full extent of the damage can’t be determined right now. It might not be known for many months.”
Very few sections of road have escaped the path of destruction left by floodwaters, with bitumen either torn up or cracked, leaving enormous potholes and weakened surfaces.
Policelink Flood Information Hotline:
Relatives and friends seeking information about people in flood affected areas should call 1300 993 191
International calls: +61 7 3055 6220