Flood-prone residents warned not to park on street as rain meets high tide
Feb. 09, 2020
Some Brisbane residents have been urged to be ready to use sandbags and avoid parking on the street as continued heavy rain on Monday combines with higher-than-normal tides.
Forecasters expect the wet weather to continue throughout the week, with the heaviest falls on Sunday night into Monday, heightening the risk of flooding in already sodden parts of south-east Queensland.
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The Bureau of Meteorology warned the high chance of storms and showers, combined with "wetted up" catchments following a weekend of torrential rainfall, would likely cause localised flooding and disrupt transport routes.
Those fears played out on Sunday as police pleaded with motorists to avoid flooded roads after several lucky escapes.
The Ipswich/Rosewood train line was cut for hours on Sunday, along with several roads in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Southern Downs and the Toowoomba region. Those issues came in the wake of the closure of both the Mount Lindesay and Cunningham highways further west at various points throughout the weekend.
A Bureau of Meteorology alert issued just before 2pm on Sunday said catchments across the flood watch area - taking in the Pine, Caboolture, lower Brisbane, Albert and Logan river catchments as well as Gold Coast rivers and creeks - were likely to respond quickly to heavy rainfall.
"Minor flooding is possible," forecasters warned.
"Localised flooding and disruption to transport routes are likely particularly in the area of the heaviest rainfall."
Brisbane City Council lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said residents should avoid driving in wet conditions after additional delays across Brisbane roads, including water reported on Kingsford Smith Drive and the closure of Vulture Street last week.
Cr Schrinner said higher-than-normal high tides were expected in foreshore and riverside locations on Monday and Tuesday.
“As a result of the higher-than-normal tides, minor localised flooding may be experienced in bayside, riverside and low-lying parts of nearby suburbs,” he said.
“Areas connected to foreshore, and tide-affected areas of the river, creeks and other waterways may also be affected.
"Residents in areas prone to localised flooding due to high tides are advised to avoid parking their cars on the street during these times and be prepared with sandbags.”
Sandbag collection locations
Darra - 38 Shamrock Road, Darra
Morningside - 9 Redfern Street, Morningside
Newmarket - 66 Wilston Road (in carpark off Erneton Street), Newmarket
Zillmere - 33 Jennings Street, Zillmere
Lota - Herbert Street, Lota.
Multiple dams, including Enoggera, Gold Creek, Lake Macdonald (Six Mile Creek), Leslie Harrison, Little Nerang and Wappa, were overflowing on Sunday as south-east Queensland’s water grid hit 57.2 per cent of capacity.
Residents in drought-hit Warwick were celebrating after an estimated two years' worth of drinking water fell in the town's dam but the situation wasn't as wet in Stanthorpe, which looked likely to need to continue trucking in water.
In Dalby, widespread flooding stabilised on Sunday afternoon as the river peaked at 3.1 metres.
Brisbane residents can report fallen to the council on 3403 8888 or fallen powerlines to Energex on 13 19 62. The SES is available on 132 500 but triple zero should be called in an emergency.
Current emergency information is available at here and weather warnings from the bureau .