More than 150 flood warnings have been issued across Queensland since the weekend for torrential rain that has triggered flooding in the state.
Key points:The warning system covers parts of central Queensland, east-west Queensland and south-east Queensland, and covers the coast from Brisbane to TownsvilleIt is likely to last through WednesdayThe warning is expected to be in place for a period of time across the stateThere are also areas of concern with the system, with several areas experiencing flood warning levels of three or moreThe Queensland Emergency Management Agency (QEMA) said it had issued flood warnings for the entire state.
The flood warning system has been in place since Friday and is likely over for a long period of the weekend, the agency said in a statement.
“The QEMA is still in the process of assessing the severity of the current weather conditions in the region, however the system is likely in place over the weekend,” it said.
“It is expected that the flooding risk will continue into the evening and the warning level will remain for the period of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.”
The Queensland Government said that during the weekend flooding had increased by around 30 per cent and was now more severe than it had been at any time since June.
“We would urge residents and visitors to take precautionary measures as we move through this time,” the Queensland Government’s Flood Advisory Services website said.
The QEA said residents were urged to be alert to potential flash flooding, with the number of reported flash flooding increased to more than 700 overnight.
“A flash flood warning has been issued for parts of Central Queensland and the state’s coastal regions, particularly the east-westerly coastal regions,” it added.
“Flash flood warnings are issued when there is a significant increase in the volume of rainfall that would cause a flash flood in a particular area.”
In the Queensland Capital Region, flash flooding warnings have also been issued in the following areas:Central Brisbane, Ipswich, Rockhampton, St Kilda, Goulburn and Cairns.
The state’s National Weather Service (NWS) said the Queensland flood warnings were likely to be extended to the weekend and the weather would remain “severe” for the remainder of the week.
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