Residents in flood-affected areas of Queensland are warned to remain vigilant as the waters continue to rise.
Residents in parts of southeastern Queensland have been warned to prepare for the evacuation as flood water is expected to flood businesses and homes in already saturated areas.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that a weather system that should have cleared up will actually dump more rain on the Gympie and Scenic Rim regions.
Emergency warnings were issued for residents in the areas on Friday, as heavy rains flooded the already overflowing reservoirs.
Multiple notices remain in effect Saturday for Cressbrook Creek, Scenic Rim and Gympie.
The Mary River is feared to peak 15 meters after rising more than 12 meters on Friday, triggering urgent flood warnings for surrounding areas as rain continued to hit regions overnight.
A major flood warning for the Mary River in Tiaro and a moderate flood warning for the river in Gympie remain in place.
BOM said river levels are rising in Gympie and are expected to remain above moderate flood levels overnight on Saturday.
“Peak levels are expected late Saturday afternoon,” said BOM.
The Bruce Highway has been closed in both directions with detours in place and emergency services warning of delays for motorists.
The list of emergency alerts continues to grow, with severe weather, severe flooding, and dangerous surf warnings in place for more areas.
“Major flood warnings are pending for the Condamine, Logan and Bremer and Warrill, Laidley and Lockyer Creeks rivers,” said BOM.
“The Condamine, Logan and Bremer rivers all peaked above main levels on Friday and are expected to drop to moderate flood levels on Saturday.”
Minor floods are also occurring on the lower Brisbane River, which is expected to peak at flood levels of less than 1.7m on Saturday and Sunday.
Rainfall is expected to decrease across Queensland on Saturday as mild to moderate showers continue throughout the weekend, according to the bureau.
There are also chances of isolated thunderstorms.
“Communities in southeastern Queensland can expect total rainfall of 5-20mm for the remainder of Saturday, with isolated falls of 20-50mm. On Sunday, rainfall further decreased to 5-10mm, with isolated falls of 10-20mm, “said BOM.
“Due to saturated river basins across the state, any additional rainfall can increase the torrent and river rise.”
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Coordinator James Haig said there were 14 flood rescues statewide overnight.
“We have received over 120 requests for SES assistance from some sort of Brisbane to the north, largely, but across the Southeast actually,” he said Saturday.
“So, still very busy.”
In addition, the state emergency service responded to up to 120 calls for help overnight.
More than 500 roads are closed statewide as pouring rain moves north to the Sunshine Coast.
BOM is warning communities in the Sunshine Coast hinterland to be alert for heavy rains.
Meanwhile, Lockyer Valley residents began cleaning up after the “soul-destroying” flood left hundreds of homes underwater.
Much of South East Queensland received more than 100mm on Thursdays and Fridays
The largest recording was 290mm, which fell on Wilsons Peak, 80km west of the Gold Coast.
Originally published as In Gympie, Scenic Rim residents have been told to be alert as rain continues to fall