Killarney's main street goes underwater this evening.
Killarney's main street goes underwater this evening. Contributed

STAY UPDATED: Killarney goes under

UPDATE 10:50PM Killarney is quickly being iunundated by rising flood waters, after reports of 100mm to 150mm of rain in the past 24 hrs.

Several shops are already flooded in Willow St, Killarney's main street.

Warwick is expected to reach a moderate flood level by midday tomorrow.

The following media release from Southern Regional Council is from 10:20pm.

Council is currently monitoring the current weather event within the region associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Local Disaster Coordinator Peter See has been consulting with the Bureau of Meteorology and can advise that Killarney flood level has peaked at a major level now.  Those residents in Killarney who may be affected were advised to make their arrangements this morning by a SES door knock.

It is anticipated that Warwick will experience a moderate flood which is expected to peak between 6 and 6.5 metres after lunch tomorrow (Friday 31st March 2017).

Warwick residents who may be affected will be notified in tomorrow morning, however council does not expect any houses to be inundated.

Should this expected peak level and time change, Council will notify residents as soon as the information is available.

There are a number of road closures within the region. 

To keep up to date with road closures and flood enquiries relating to state roads the public should ring 131 940 or go to the website www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au.

For local roads, keep up to date with Council's MY SDRC App, or call Council on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372) or visit Council's website www.sdrc.qld.gov.au.

Mr See also highlighted that as with any major weather event people can call SES for assistance on 132 500.

Mr See also highlighted that depending on the severity of this event it can take time for council crews to get around and appropriately sign road closures.

To report issues with local roads, residents are encouraged to use Council's MY SDRC App as this will be the quickest and most effective way to log requests.

Mr See also said everyone should remember the slogan "If it's flooded forget it".

"Council stresses to everyone that if there is flooding as a result of the forecast weather event in our region, please do not drive into any flood waters.

UPDATE: 8.30PM Reports from Killarney are saying the Willow St bridge will be underwater within in the hour.

A resident  has reported the water levels have just passed moderate flood level and are heading towards major flood level.

In a Facebook post from 8pm the resident said the water is 1.7m off the bridge and the Head has received 150mm of rain in the past 24 hrs.

The Yangan bridge near the school has also gone underwater.

UPDATE 6:00PM Reports are coming in from Killarney of falls of 100mm since the rains began this morning at 2.30am.

Around a dozen roads have so far been closed around the Southern Downs and water is about 1.5m from tipping over the bridge at the Queens Park weir.

The Daily News has also been told the Cunningham Gap is now closed due to water and debris over the road and the Cunningham Hwy is also closed from Aratula to Mutdapilly, with reports trucks are having to turn around and head back to the Eight Mile to go to Brisbane via Toowoomba.

 

The New England Hwy is now also shut at the Eight Mile north of Warwick.

 

There are also reports that business owners in Willow St in Killarney are emptying their shops.

 

Maryvale is also completely cut off according to police reports.

 

Check road closures here: https://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/road-closures-around-the-southern-downs/3160988/

 

Following the second meeting of the Southern Downs Local Disaster Management Group this  afternoon, Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie is again urging all Southern Downs residents to ensure they are prepared for the heavy rain and strong winds that are expected to impact our region between 9pm tonight and 3am tomorrow, as a result of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Southern Downs mayor Tracy Dobie has issued another statement this evening to urge residents to be prepared.

"The rain we are receiving now is certainly heavy, but it is anticipated that it will be much  heavier overnight with accompanying destructive winds," Cr Dobie said.

"This advice has been confirmed by the Bureau of Meteorology, based on their modelling which predicts the highest impact to the Southern Downs region occurring between 9pm Thursday night and 3am Friday morning.

 

Leanne Nolan braves the Warwick wet.
Leanne Nolan braves the Warwick wet. Jonno Colfs

"Whilst there may be flash flooding associated with the heavy rain, residents do need to
consider that moderate to major flooding may occur over a longer period of time, potentially
Friday through to Saturday.

"All agencies involved with the Local Disaster Management Group are prepared and ready to
deploy if necessary.

"The Local Disaster Coordination Centre has been established and will run overnight, with staff
manning the phones.

"There will be no access to Council's after-hours service. All calls to Council's 1300 MY SDRC
number will go directly through to staff, and this will continue for as long as deemed necessary.

"Council, the SES, and Queensland Police Service are working closely together to ensure early
warning and signage for roads that need to be closed, and a number of roads have already
been closed across the region. Information about these road closures is available on Council's
website, and through the MY SDRC App 'alerts' and 'news' section.

"It is anticipated the heavy rain and strong winds will have left the region shortly after 3am
Friday morning.

"While there is already some local flooding and road closures, we anticipate more substantial
flooding later tonight and tomorrow. So I would again urge residents not to leave your homes if
it is not necessary.

"Council and the SES have door-knocked and phoned those in the flood prone areas around
Killarney and Goomburra and will keep the community updated as further information becomes
available.
 

If it's flooded forget it.
If it's flooded forget it. Jonno Colfs

 

"Motorists are reminded to heed the simple message, 'If it's flooded, forget it'. Please observe
any warning signs and drive to the conditions.

"Residents should also be vigilant for any fallen powerlines or other hazards in the strong
winds," said Cr Dobie.

In a life threatening emergency call 000 and for emergency flood or storm assistance, call the
State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500.

Listen to ABC Radio for relevant disaster information updates and warnings.

For local roads, keep up to date with Council's MY SDRC App, visit Council's website
http://www.sdrc.qld.gov.au/council/disaster-management/road-closure-information or call
Council on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372).

To report issues with local roads, residents are encouraged to use Council's MY SDRC App as
this will be the quickest and most effective way to log requests.

To keep up to date with road closures and flood enquiries relating to state roads the public
should ring 131 940 or go to the website www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au.

 

EARLIER 2.40pm: With the heavier falls forecast to come this evening, warnings are also present for very strong winds tonight between 9pm and 3am.

 

The State Emergency Service has been door-knocking in Killarney warning residences and business to secure loose items and be prepared.

 

A media release this afternoon from the Southern Downs Regional Council asked residents to stay safe and be prepared.

 

Lying areas begin to flood in Warwick
Lying areas begin to flood in Warwick Jonno Colfs

 

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie is asking all Southern Downs residents to be patient and prepared as we await the heavy rain and strong winds that are expected to impact our region between 9pm and 3am tonight, as a result of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

"The rain we are receiving now is certainly heavy, but it is anticipated that it will be much heavier overnight with accompanying destructive winds," she said.

"The Local Disaster Management Group has met this morning and will meet again this afternoon, and the Local Disaster Coordination Centre will be set up tonight.

"Connolly Dam and Storm King Dam are full and water is running into Leslie Dam.

"Southern Downs Regional Council, the SES, and Queensland Police Service are working closely together to ensure early warning and signage for roads that need to be closed.

"I would urge residents not to leave your homes if it is not necessary. It is anticipated the heavy rain and strong winds will have left the region shortly after 3am.

"While there is already some local flooding and road closures, we anticipate more substantial flooding later tonight and tomorrow. Council and the SES commenced door-knocking and phoning those in the flood prone areas around Killarney and Goomburra and will keep the community updated as further information becomes available.

"Members of the community should note that the Council after-hours number will be answered by our Community Contact Centre staff rather than being re-directed to the After-Hours Call Centre. This will continue for as long as deemed necessary.

"Motorists are reminded to heed the simple message, 'If it's flooded, forget it'. Please observe any warning signs and drive to the conditions.

If it's flooded forget it.
If it's flooded forget it. Jonno Colfs

"Residents should also be vigilant for any fallen powerlines or other hazards in the strong winds," said Cr Dobie.

In a life threatening emergency call 000 and for emergency flood or storm assistance, call the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500.

Listen to ABC Radio for relevant disaster information updates and warnings.

To keep up to date with road closures and flood enquiries relating to state roads the public should ring 131 940 or go to the website www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au.


For local roads, keep up to date with Council's MY SDRC App, visit Council's website http://www.sdrc.qld.gov.au/council/disaster-management/road-closure-information or call Council on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372).

For residents in low-lying area that require sandbags, the Southern Downs Regional Council has released a list of place where collection can be made:

 

https://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/sandbags-for-southern-downs-residents/3160923/

 

The Southern Downs Regional Council has also advised Rose City Shoppingworld is open for business today - read the full story here:

 

https://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/business-as-usual-for-rose-city/3161001/

 

The Daily News has been in contact with council and you can see all the latest with regards to road closures right here.

 

https://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/road-closures-around-the-southern-downs/3160988/

 

UPDATE: 12.30pm THE Warwick Daily News has dropped its paywall today.

 

This means free access to all our stories, meaning all residents can stay completely up-to-date with our weather coverage.

 

As of 12.10pm river levels around the region are maintaining at a steady level.

Spring Creek at Killarney is rising but all reports at this stage indicate all bridge levels are all below minor flood level.

 

Rosemary Peterson at the Head near Killarney said they had received another 28mm since 8am.

"So that's 58mm since midnight," she said.

"That's just over two inches and I think we need about five inches to get into trouble downstream.

"So we're coasting at the moment."

 

For residents in low-lying area that require sandbags, the Southern Downs Regional Council has released a list of place where collection can be made:

 

https://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/sandbags-for-southern-downs-residents/3160923/

 

The Southern Downs Regional Council has also advised Rose City Shoppingworld is open for business today - read the full story here:

 

https://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/business-as-usual-for-rose-city/3161001/

 

The Daily News has been in contact with council and you can see all the latest with regards to road closures right here.

 

https://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/road-closures-around-the-southern-downs/3160988/

 

Road closed generic.Photo: Emily Smith
Road closed generic.Photo: Emily Smith Emily Smith

 

UPDATE: 11:00am  Residents of the Southern Downs are being advised the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning for the following areas:

For people in the Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Southeast Coast and parts of the Herbert and Lower Burdekin and Maranoa and Warrego Forecast Districts.

Motorists should exercise appropriate caution, including the possibility of postponing non-essential travel.

For the latest weather information, listen to your local radio station or visit the Bureau of Meteorology web page at http://www.bom.gov.au or call 1300-659-



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