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Big wet continues: road closures in the Moreton Bay Region

Posted: 7am 26 Feb 2022

UPDATE 8PM: With rain continuing to fall across the region tonight and more than 200 roads still flooded, it will be a long night for many.

The Bureau of Meteorology is warning the Moreton Bay Region could receive up to 150mm of rain in the next 24 hours.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Peter Flannery says while some conditions have eased slightly, heavy rainfall and potentially life-threatening flash flooding still pose a very real threat to the community.

“This wet weather event is already one of the biggest we’ve seen in decades, so I’m urging everyone to please be patient and stay at home until conditions have passed,” Mayor Flannery says.

“QFES has performed far too many swift water rescues across our region in the last 24 hours and required assistance from additional teams from the Brisbane region to maintain safety.

“Our Local Disaster Coordination Centre has responded to 134 registered incidents across the day, and we’ve had at least 300 properties suffer some level of impact from this weather event that we know of at this time.

“We’ve made significant effort to move people from these areas into evacuation centres.

“There are currently 130 evacuees at the six open Council evacuation centres at Woodford Memorial Hall, Dayboro Community Hall, Watson Park Convention Centre Dakabin, Bribie Island Recreation Hall and Beachmere Hub, with Council staff and Australian Red Cross, Salvation Army and SES also in action.

“The Caboolture centre is open but at capacity, with numbers surging, so we are moving those who come there for help to Watson Park, Dakabin.

“The region’s libraries are all being used as places of refuge during normal business hours, and people are being directed to evacuation centres at closing time. Dayboro Showgrounds is open as a place of refuge for those with access to caravans, vans or vehicles.

“There are currently roughly 200 road closures including key links like AJ Wyllie Bridge at Lawnton which is currently closed both ways due to dam waters being released upstream, and Youngs Crossing also remains closed.

“Council has not been able to install signage at all flooded locations due to access issues so drivers are reminded to exercise caution particularly at night with limited visibility.

“Parts of the Bruce Highway between Caboolture and Caloundra remain closed. There were 1200 cars stuck earlier but they have all been cleared.

“We’ve had unbelievable rainfall - 624mm at Mt Glorious in the last 24 hours alone, plus 315mm at Caboolture, 390mm at Mt Mee and 234mm at Redcliffe.

“Cancel all your appointments, cancel your dinner plans. Whatever you do don’t get on the roads unless it’s absolutely critical.

“If you can’t get home, stay with friends. If that’s not possible, get yourself to an evacuation centre or shelter in place until the weather has passed.

“There is plenty of speculation swirling around online, but please make sure that you use the BOM website as your go-to source for the latest and most accurate weather information.

“A quick trip might seem like a good idea at the time, but this situation is very unpredictable, and that decision could place your life at risk and the emergency services who are putting their lives on the line to save you.”

Below are links to important information:

Keep up to date with the Bureau of Meteorology’s weather warnings at bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/

Check road closures before travelling and remember: If it’s flooded, forget it!

www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/Services/Roads/Weather-Impacted-Roads

To find the sandbag station nearest to you visit:

Sandbags - Moreton Bay Regional Council

Local alerts and important information can be found on Council’s website: https://mbrc.link/disaster-portal.

IMPORTANTLY: Subscribe to our free MoretonAlert service to stay up to date on emergencies: mbrc.link/moreton-alert.

UPDATE 5PM: The Bureau of Meteorology has just issued another Severe Weather Warning for the Southeast Coast including the Moreton Bay Region with heavy rain and damaging winds forecast. A separate Flood Watch is also in place and areas that could be affected include Caboolture and Redcliffe.

Top rainfall totals from 9am-4pm Saturday in the Moreton Bay Region: 

* 198mm at Mount Glorious

* 186mm at Elimbah

* 177mm at Beerburrum

* 168mm at Wamuran

* 165mm at Rose Creek Road

* 159mm at Delaneys Creek

* 159mm at Mount Mee 

Scroll down for road closures

Earlier ... 

UPDATE 3.30PM: AJ Wyllie Bridge, Lawnton, is now closed due to flooding caused by dam waters being released upstream. Police will be directing traffic and signs will be deployed to warn residents of the road changes.

Moreton Bay is still experiencing heavy rainfall and very dangerous flooding so please stay home and don’t drive unless absolutely necessary. There are more than 200 local roads flooded across the Moreton Bay Region. Scroll down for the list 

Earlier ...

UPDATE 2.15PM: Moreton Bay Regional Council has advised that the Standard Emergency Warning Signal has been broadcast for the Redcliffe, Beachmere, Kallangur and Dayboro areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has advised the INTENSE rainfall impacting the region is expected to continue and very dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding is likely.

  • Do NOT drive on the road.
  • TAKE SHELTER immediately.

QFES will be doorknocking 15 properties at Beachmere along Riversleigh Rd and Beachmere Rd advising residents they need to evacuate or risk being surrounded by floodwater. 

The Watson Park Convention Centre evacuation centre at Dakabin has been closed so resources can be deployed to Caboolture. 

If relocations are required to Watson Park later today or tonight, Council will use the SES bus and send staff with evacuees to reopen.

QFES Commissioner Greg Leach says authorities are responding to reports of inundated buildings in the Caboolture and Morayfield area.

“If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, then please dial Triple-0,” he says.

UPDATE 12PM: Moreton Bay Regional Council says the situation is escalating across the region. Five people are stranded in a house on acreage at Caboolture and crews are working to get them out.

The home is at Smiths Rd on 40 acres.

Residents at Beachmere have been evacuated from homes by boat and there have now been four swift water rescues.

The most serious was at Neurum Rd, outside Woodford, where a person had to be plucked from a tree because they had to abandon their vehicle.

A council spokesman said Energex is reporting major power outages in the region, particularly in the hinterland around Ocean View. The area is inaccessible, so power may not be restored for some time.

Residents are being urged to only travel if it is essential and to monitor warnings and road closures (see list below). The situation is changing quickly.

UPDATE 11AM: The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Very Dangerous Thunderstorm Warning for Very Intense Rainfall for the Dayboro, Wamuran area. These storms are slow-moving and life-threatening flash flooding is likely.

There are already reports and videos online of flooding in Dayboro's main business district and surrounds. Residents are advised to be alert, stay off the roads and move to higher ground, if they are in a low-lying area.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Peter Flannery says it was a busy night for Council crews last night

“Today’s weather forecasts will keep us on our toes. The bad weather really picked up at 5am this morning and will get worse over the next 24 hours. So, in addition to roads being cut, there’s a real risk of inundation today,” he says.

“Beachmere Lake is full, so it will likely swell into people’s backyards. We’re not expecting water to go through houses but it’ll definitely go into backyards.

“In particular we’re watching rising water levels in Dayboro township right now. I urge all residents to stay remain at home. Stay off the roads, do not go outside.

“Every time we get a report of someone seeing a car drive through flood water I’m equal parts enraged and scared for these people.

“You are putting yourself in unnecessary danger and you’re putting emergency crews at risk. Stay at home, because we expect things will get worse today.”

Mayor Flannery says there were 23 evacuees who took refuge at Council evacuation centres overnight, three swift water rescues overnight in the Woodford area, and there are crews helping residents evacuate homes on George Street in Woodford right now.

“We’re getting advice from TMR that there’s water over the Bruce Highway, so it could close, we’ve had trees come down, there have been landslips in some rural and mountainous areas,” he says.

“I have to thank Red cross volunteers - who are helping at libraries and evacuation centres and I really want to thank our crews who are out working in these incredibly difficult conditions.

“They’re heading into another night shift tonight - it’s the fifth night shift in a row, so fatigue levels will be high heading into the fifth night shift.”

There are more than 190 roads closed across the Moreton Bay Region.

UPDATE 7AM:

The Bureau of Meteorology has a number of weather and flood watch warnings still in place with heavy rain and thunderstorms (intense falls) forecast for the weekend.

A surface trough over southeast Queensland is forecast to deepen into a low over the Wide Bay and Burnett in response to a strong upper low later tonight. This low is expected to track southward over the Southeast Coast and into northeastern New South Wales during Sunday producing further heavy rainfall with embedded thunderstorms. 

The evolution of this system and its relatively slow movement will continue to cause significant and prolonged impacts across southeast Queensland over the weekend.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to flash flooding is forecast to continue over parts of southeast Queensland this weekend. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 80 and 120mm are likely to continue, reaching up to 180mm over areas east of Gympie to Jimboomba.

SES crews received 143 requests for assistance in the 24-hour period to 6.30am today. It's part of the statewide total of 1877 calls for assistance.

Road closures Moreton Bay Region

UPDATED AT 5.45pm

Here's the link to council's list 

(215 roads)

Armstrong Creek: Armstrong Creek Rd

Armstrong Creek: Laceys Creek Rd at North Pine River

Beachmere: Beachmere Road

Beachmere: Peel Rd

Bellmere: Bellmere Rd at Wararba Creek

Bellmere: Bells Lane near Currawong Place

Bellmere: Richards Court

Bellmere: Stern Road

Bellthorpe: Bellthorpe Range Road east of Campbell Road

Bracalba: J LIndsay Rd near Masters Rd

Brendale: Leitchs Road Pedestrian Bridge at South Pine River

Brendale: Cribb Road at Leitchs Road

Brendale: Cribb Road at South Pine Rd

Bunya: Dugandan Rd at Bunya Crossing Reserve carpark

Burpengary East: Bassett Road near number 84

Burpengary East: Coach Road East

Burpengary East: Fountain Road at Lewis Road

Burpengary East: Old Bay Road at Arthur Drewett Drive

Burpengary East: Old Bay Road at Childs Drive

Burpengary: Dale St at Susan Crt

Burpengary: Gleeson Rd

Burpengary: Hauton Rd at Garden Drive

Burpengary: O'Brien Rd at Burpengary Creek

Burpengary: O'Brien Rd at Lindsay Rd

Burpengary: Osborne Drive

Burpengary: Rowley Road at Mathew Crescent

Burpengary: Morayfield Rd at Burpengary Creek

Burpengary: Station Rd between North Shore Drive and Joyce St

Caboolture South: Macadamia St

Caboolture: Bribie Island Rd at Old Toorbul Point Rd

Caboolture: Bribie Island Rd at Hickey Rd

Caboolture: Brown St between Pettigrew St and Jensen Rd

Caboolture: Centenary Lakes Rd rugby league entrance

Caboolture: Dances Road at King Johns Creek

Caboolture: Hume Rd

Caboolture: Flowers Rd near Dot Newman Crt

Caboolture: Henzell Rd near Toohey St

Caboolture: King St between Alfred and Charles Streets

Caboolture: Male Rd

Caboolture: Morayfield Rd at Caboolture River

Caboolture: Old Toorbul Point Rd at Zarbelle's Chicken Farm

Caboolture: Pasturage Rd

Caboolture: Pumicestone Rd at King Johns Creek

Caboolture: Pumicestone Rd between Atherton Rd and Joshua Crt

Caboolture: Stringfellow Road at Bowls Club entrance to Centenary Lakes

Caboolture: Esme Avenue

Camp Mountain: Richards Rd

Cedar Creek: Cedar Creek Road at Halls Road

Cedar Creek: Curtis Rd

Cedar Creek: Gordons Road at upper crossing

Cedar Creek: Gordons Road at lower crossing

Cedarton: Doyle Rd near Cedarton Drive

Clontarf: Silcock St

Closeburn: Hansen Road at Cedar Creek

Closeburn: Old Mount Samson Road at Mount Samson Road

Commissioners Flat: Commissioners Flat Road at Stanley River

D'Aguilar: Buckingham Rd at Monkeybong Creek

Dayboro: Bradley St and Morris St

Dayboro: Glover Road at Juffs Road West

Dayboro: Lees Crossing Road

Dayboro: Juffs Rd West

Dayboro: Railway Street at Community Centre Carpark

Dayboro: Strong Rd

Dayboro: Williams St near McKenzie St

Dayboro: Laidlaw St at Dowling St

Dayboro: Fingerboard Road near Lyndhurst Road

Dayboro: Mount Samson Rd south of Laidlaw St

Deception Bay: Barbados Blvd

Deception Bay: Blue Pacific Road near Little Burpengary Creek

Deception Bay: Old Bay Road near Palmridge Court

Deception Bay: Lipscombe Road near Boundary Road

Delaneys Creek: Buckingham Rd near Mt Mee Rd

Elimbah: Beerburrum Road at McConachy Road

Elimbah: Hamilton Road near Vaughan Road

Elimbah: Hamilton Rd north of Emu Rd

Elimbah: King Rd

Elimbah: Mansfield Rd near Bigmor Drive

Elimbah: McConachy Road

Elimbah: Old Gympie Rd

Elimbah: Old Gympie Rd at Six Mile Creek

Elimbah: Williams Rd

Elimbah: Rose Creek Road

Elimbah: Rose Creek Rd at Six Mile Creek

Everton Hills: Camelia Ave at Galeola St

Everton Hills: John St at Cabbage Tree Creek

Griffin: Henry Road

Griffin: Dohles Rocks Rd highway onramp

Griffin: Dohles Rocks foreshore

Griffin: White Ibis Drive

Highvale: Goat Track

Highvale: Dawson Creek Rd

Highvale: Ryder Road at Blue Gum Court

Joyner: Youngs Crossing Rd near Protheroe Rd

King Scrub: Bond Road at the creek

King Scrub: Glengariff Way

King Scrub: Fingerboard Rd near Royston St

Kobble Creek: Kobble Creek Rd at Pringles Rd

Kobble Creek: Pringles Rd at gravel road section

Kobble Creek: Pringles Road near Kobble Creek Road

Kobble Creek: Dales Road

Kurwongbah: McCormack Road South

Kurwongbah: Forbes Road at Sideling Creek

Kurwongbah: Moore Road

Kurwongbah: Browns Road near McCormack Road

Kurwongbah: Neilson Road near Thedore Road

Kurwongbah: Ski Road at Scout Road

Laceys Creek: Dahls Crossing

Laceys Creek: Costelloe Rd at Upper Crossing

Laceys Creek: Costelloe Rd at Lower Crossing

Laceys Creek: Laceys Creek Rd at Worths Crossing

Laceys Creek: Laceys Creek Rd near Raynbird Creek Rd

Laceys Creek: Laceys Creek Rd near Costelloe Rd

Laceys Creek: Strain Rd

Laceys Creek: Baker Road at Laceys Creek

Laceys Creek: Rowe Rd off Laceys Creek Rd

Laceys Creek: Wirth Road at May Road

Laceys Creek: Wirth Rd at Esplanade

Lawnton: Bells Pocket Rd

Lawnton: Lawnton Pocket Rd at Bells Pocket Rd

Lawnton: Leis Parade from Norfolk Avenue to Park entrance

Lawnton: Leis Parade from Gympie Road to Railway

Lawnton: Todds Road 

Mango Hill: Anzac Ave at Saltwater Creek

Mango Hill: Chermside Rd between John St and Kinsellas Rd West

Mango Hill: Maryvale Road

Moodlu: Whittington Rd

Moodlu: Williams Rd, Lagoon Creek

Moodlu: Williams Rd near Greening Rd

Moorina: Moorina Rd near F Lindsay Rd

Moorina: Moorina Rd near Haywood Rd

Moorina: Mountain View Rd at Moorina Rd

Morayfield: Buchanan Rd near Kirkcaldy St

Morayfield: Clark Road at Hauton Road

Morayfield: Mcloughlin Rd

Morayfield: Petersen Rd between Woodstock St and Maurice Ave

Morayfield: Trafalgar Drive at Buchanan Road

Morayfield: Visentin Rd, near underpass

Morayfield: Underpass Rd near William Berry Drive

Morayfield: Walker Rd at Koala Drive

Morayfield: Walkers Rd near Springwater Cr

Morayfield: Walkers Rd at Bristlebird Drive

Morayfield: William Berry Drive

Mount Delaney: Dewhurts Rd

Mount Delaney: Wiseman Road at creek

Mount Pleasant: Courts Lane

Mount Pleasant: Henzell Rd

Mount Pleasant: Clifford Rd at Mount Pleasant Rd

Mount Pleasant: Mount Brisbane Rd at North Pine River

Mount Pleasant: Mount Pleasant Rd near Henzell Rd

Mount Pleasant: Mount Pleasant rd near Stratton Rd

Mount Pleasant: Stratton Rd at Mount Brisbane Rd

Mount Pleasant: Stratton rd near Palm Creek Rd

Mount Samson: Winn Road at Mount Samson Road

Narangba: Browns Creek Road

Narangba: Moorina Road at Burpengary Creek

Narangba: Callaghan Rd at Little Burpengary Creek

Neurum: Rasmussen Road

Neurum: Rassmussen Road at Neurum Creek Crossing

Petrie: Youngs Crossing Rd at North Pine River

Rocksberg: Best Road at Keillors Crossing

Rocksberg: Caboolture River Rd at Ten Bob Crossing

Rocksberg: Caboolture River Rd at Cockies Crossing

Rocksberg: Caboolture River Road at Five Pound Crossing

Rocksberg: Old North Road at Zillmans Crossing

Rocksberg: McNamara Rd at Eliza Crossing

Rocksberg: McNamara Road at Browns Crossing

Rocksberg: W James Rd at Upper Crossing

Rocksberg: W James Rd at Middle Crossing

Rocksberg: W James Rd at Lower Crossing

Rothwell: McGahey St near Hubner Drive

Samford Valley: Mayfield Road

Samford Valley: Days Rd near Wights Mt Rd

Samsonvale: Basin Road close to 365 Basin Road Entrance

Stanmore: Cove Road

Stanmore: Mccabe Road at Cove Road

Stanmore: Bellthorpe Range Road near Simpson Road

Stanmore: Cove Road between Dunning Lane and Millwood Road

Stony Creek: Stony Creek Road at Stony Creek

Stony Creek: Eaton Lane

Stony Creek: Fletcher Road

Strathpine: Gympie Rd at Ball Hills Flats

Strathpine: Mott St

Upper Caboolture: Litherland Road

Upper Caboolture: Tinney Road at Caboolture River Road

Wamuran Basin: R Sampson Road at Basin Road

Wamuran Basin: R Sampson Road at R Williams Road

Wamuran Basin: Basin Rd at R Sampson Rd

Wamuran: Hoffman Road Near Pates Road

Wamuran: King Rd near Powell Rd

Wamuran: Lockhart Road near Green Road

Wamuran: Newlands Road near Wiersma Road

Wamuran: Powell Rd near King Rd

Wamuran: Powell Road at Scurr Road

Wamuran: R Williams Rd near D'Aguilar Highway

Warner: Coorparoo Rd between South Pine Rd and Warner Rd

Whiteside: Whiteside Rd 

Whiteside: Whiteside Rd near Barnes Rd

Whiteside: Vores Rd near Grant St

Whiteside: Whiteside Rd at Patman Rd

Woodford: Batchelor Road at Webb Road

Woodford: Cove Road at Kilcoy-Beerwah Road

Woodford: Cove Road at Old Cove Road

Woodford: Ironbark Drive near Fiddlewood Crt

Woodford: Neurum Road near Walker Lane

Woodford: Neurum Road at Monkeybong Creek

Woodford: Golf Course Road

Woodford: Old Cove Road at Blackrock Creek

Woodford: Walker Lane near Kropp Road

Woodford: Kropp Road at Yates Road

Yugar: Hansen Rd past Jennifer Close

Two unconfirmed road hazards have been reported:

Dayboro: Mount Samson Rd

Elimbah: Beerburrum Rd between McDougall and Soldier roads

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance phone the SES on 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies, phone Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Current emergency information is available at qld.gov.au/alerts.

This advice is also available by phoning 1300 659 219.

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