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Minor to moderate flooding predicted

Posted: 2pm 04 Apr 2021

The Bureau of Meteorology warns heavy rain predicted for the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay areas this afternoon and into the evening is predicted to move south tomorrow.

The Bureau says a deepening low off the central Queensland coast is likely to bring heavy rainfall to a Flood Watch area that covers coastal catchments between St Lawrence and the NSW border, extending inland to the Darling Downs.

It says minor to moderate flooding is possible in the Flood Watch area from late Sunday into Monday, with isolated major flooding is possible.

What’s predicted for Moreton Bay

In the Moreton Bay Region, the Pine and Caboolture rivers are likely to be affected the Bureau says, with localised road closures and disruption to some roads likely in the Flood Watch area.

The Bureau says catchments are wet from recent rain and are likely to respond quickly to more rain.

“This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings,” the Bureau says.

How much rain so far?

By 2pm today, Mount Glorious had recorded 23mm of rain, Upper Caboolture 20mm, parts of Beachmere 14mm, Kallangur, Mount Mee and parts of Caboolture 13mm, Woody Point, Kluvers Lookout, Kobble Creek at Ladies Rd and Baxters Creek 12mm, Cash’s Crossing 11mm, and Dayboro and Mount Samson 10mm.

Plea for safety

Yesterday, Redcliffe MP Yvette D’Ath urged motorists to take care on the roads.

“We’re expecting a fair bit of rain over the next couple of days,” Mrs D’Ath says.

“Can you be very careful on the road – if it’s flooded, forget it.

“Please don’t risk the lives of your family.”

Sandbagging stations open

Moreton May Regional Council’s sandbagging stations are open to help residents prepare for the predicted rain.

Council’s sandbagging stations offer free sandbags, but residents should bring their own shovel to fill the bags.

Council advises that sandbags can reduce the impact of flooding if they’re placed correctly in appropriate locations around property.

“However, they will not stop the water completely, so make sure you raise your valuables off the floor to prevent damage from floodwater.”

Where to get help

Find your nearest sandbagging station here.

Read more local weather news here.

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