Major flood warning issued for Condamine River
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a major flood warning for the Condamine River with residents asked to prepare now for possible inundation.
Toowoomba Regional Council's Local Disaster Management Group has this morning issued an emergency alert for areas surrounding the Condamine River.
Areas which may be impacted include Cecil Plains, Millmerran and the surrounding Condamine River areas.
An Emergency Alert has been issued by the Southern Downs Regional Council for residents in Warwick. It advises that the Condamine River is likely to exceed the moderate flood level of 6m early Friday morning and may reach the major flood level of 7m Friday afternoon.— Queensland Ambulance (@QldAmbulance) May 12, 2022
The region's three major dams in Cooby, Cressbrook and Perseverance are continuing to spill this morning with council crews undertaking 24-hour on-site monitoring of the situation as rain continues.
Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio says the LGMG remains on lean forward but that the region's District Disaster Management Group has moved to Stand Up to provide support and assistance to the Lockyer Valley region.
"The LDMG is coordinating with relevant emergency services and will continue to monitor advice and information from the Bureau of Meteorology," Cr Antonio says.
"If residents were impacted during the February/March rain event they should make preparations now for this event.
"We've had significant rainfall in the catchments overnight and residents who experience flooding from the Condamine Rover are asked to make preparations now.
"I have spoken to Lockyer Valley Mayor Tanya Milligan and their situation is serious and Toowoomba is providing whatever assistance we can.
"I ask motorists to undertake essential travel only at this time and to please drive carefully and to conditions. It's impossible for council to sign every defect and danger on the roads so be alert and drive to the conditions.
Yes, the rain gauges agree, it was wet in #SEQ again. Broad areas received over 100mm and there are many #QLDFloods active again. Highest rainfall 290mm near #WilsonsPeak. More rain in the southeast today. Full warnings list https://t.co/FBmpsInT9o @QldFES pic.twitter.com/8z5KFQNIxI— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) May 12, 2022
"I cannot stress this highly enough - if it's flooded, forget it.
"As we continue to monitor the situation, I would simply ask residents to remain alert.”
Property owners who need assistance are advised to contact the SES on 132 500.
Self-service sand is available at Jondaryan, Wyreema, Oakey, Crows Nest, Goombungee and Pittsworth for residents to fill their own bags. Sandbags or alternatives such as garden soil bags can be sourced at local hardware and landscaping businesses.
For the latest on road conditions visit the Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Toowoomba and Scenic Rim Disaster Dashboards.