LATEST: Flooding, cancelled events, road closures, dam levels

Heavy rainfall is predicted for the Burnett region. Picture: BOM

Keep your umbrellas or rain jackets close today as most of South East Queensland is expected to see heavy rainfall all day.

However, police urge residents to re-think their need to be on the roads as flash flooding can and does occur without warning, washing away roads, bridges and vehicles.

The Bureau of Meteorology has reported that six-hourly rainfall totals of between 100mm and 160mm could be possible today.

Meteorologists have reported that an upper low weather system is moving into southeast Queensland, resulting in heavy rainfall about the southern Capricornia and northern Wide Bay and Burnett overnight.

Heavy rainfall will become more widespread and is expected to extend slowly southwards through the Wide Bay and Burnett to the South East Coast district during the day.


BOM reports this will likely lead to flash flooding across several areas including around the southern Capricornia and Northern Wide Bay and Burnett districts.

It is expected to extend southward over Southern Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of the South East Coast and Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts during Friday.

The BOM reports that locally intense rainfall which may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding is possible with thunderstorms.

Locations that may be affected include Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Maroochydore, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Kingaroy, Caboolture and Gatton.


Members of the public are urged to avoid roads, creeks and bridges likely to be impacted by rapidly rising water, storm debris and flood damage.

Motorists are also reminded that road closures and road conditions can and do change rapidly, often within minutes.

If driving please travel with extreme caution and drive to the prevailing weather and road conditions – plan your trip, allow additional travel time, incorporate travelling at lower speeds, delays and diversions and remember: If It’s Flooded, Forget It and just Back it Up.


South Burnett Rugby League, Toowoomba Rugby League and South Burnett Football have cancelled this weekend’s round of sport.

Blackbutt Agriculture Show is still going ahead, but with a reduced program:

• The Dog show, ute muster, horses and cattle events have been postponed

• Show entry will be free

• Pavillions will be open, woodchop, Aussie FMX motor cross and the fireworks are going ahead at this stage

DAM LEVELS (as of 10am Friday)

Bjelke-Petersen Dam: 101.08 per cent (136,357ML)

Boondooma Dam: 97.82 per cent (199,748ML)

Paradise Dam: 108.62 per cent (185120ML)

ROAD CLOSURES (as of 10am Friday)

North Burnett

• Mount Perry:

-Monto Mount Perry Road (Reid Creek Bridge) at Reid Creek Bridge

-Heusman Street (Gayndah Mt Perry Road) near the Mount Perry Cemetery

-Gayndah Mt Perry Road (Gayndah Mount Perry Road) at Sunday Creek

• Mundubbera: Mundubbera Durong Road (Durong Road) Water over road

• Glenrae: Boondooma Road

• Bon Accord: Wetheron Road

• Degilbo / Gooroolba: Gooroolba Biggenden Road

Gympie Region

• Goomeri: Moore St & Tansey Street (road closed to all traffic)

South Burnett

• Cherbourg: Cherbourg-Murgon Road is expected to flood

• Redgate: Francis Road (road closed to all traffic)

• Wheatlands: Wondai Proston Road (water over the road at approximate chainage 4.63)

• Cushnie: Chinchilla Wondai Road (water over the road at home creek 2)

• Wilkesdale: Memerambi Gordonbrook Road (road closed due to flooding)

• Gordonbrook: Memerambi Gordonbrook Road (road closed at twin bridges)

• Sandy Ridges: Kingaroy Barkers Creek Road & Robin and Lee Road (road closed at Lees Bridge due to flooding of Barkers Creek)

• Booie: Mondure Crossing Road (road closed due to damage to crossing)

• Barker Creek Flat: Unnamed road (road closed)

• Nanango: McNamara Road (flooded low area)

• Brooklands: Darley Crossing Road & Darley Estate Road (flooded low area)

• Tarong: Tarong Railway Road (flooded low area)

• Maidenwell: Maidenwell Upper Yarraman Road & McConnell Road (road closed to all traffic)

• Wengenville: Maidenwell Bunya Mountain Road (road closed to all traffic in both directions towards Wengenville, Glencliffe Road)

• Kilcoy: D’Aguilar Highway at Kilcoy Creek Bridge (road closed to all traffic)