As parts of Australia were hit by heavy rains – several regions receiving more than 100mm of rain in the past 24 hours – authorities in Queensland are fearing a potentially-disastrous day on Friday. The highest rainfall total was 290mm near Wilsons Peak. Half-a-dozen emergency flooding alerts have been issued across Queensland. Roads are covered with water and dams are overflowing. Based on meteorologists predictions, the conditions are described as ‘life-threatening’. The Sunshine Coast hinterland had received the heaviest downpour with 227mm in the last 24 hours with more to come. Urgent rescues begin in flooded towns. Previously, in the first three months of 2022, the damage bill after floods in the area could reach more than 1.3 billion.
The Lockyer Valley, devastated by floods in 2011, is again under threat. The waterways of main concern are: Condamine River, Logan River, Bremer River and Warrill Creek.The region west of Brisbane is on alert. Multiple rescues unfolded in Laidley as residents became trapped inside homes. State Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said flooding is currently occurring in Gabbin and Laidley. Many evacuation centers were prepared. Emergency sirens ring. A number of schools are closing across the state. A hazardous surf warning is currently in place from the Fraser Coast down to the Gold Coast. The Bureau of Meteorology called the circumstances an “evolving situation” and said rains would continue into Friday and Saturday. Two other states could be hit with a weekend of wet and wild weather. The same weather system that’s impacting NSW and Queensland is also set to bring wet weather to Melbourne. Western Australia also has severe weather warnings for fire, heavy winds and flood.