20 Nov 2008

Queensland hit by more floods

5:21 pm on 20 November 2008

There is more flooding in south-east Queensland after 250mm of rain fell on Wednesday night. People are still trying to clean up after a devastating storm on Sunday.

The ABC reports roads are cut and powerlines are down across an area taking in Toowoomba, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

One woman is unaccounted for. She went missing in Enogerra Creek at Newmarket.

A boat was found and her friend has been taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital. He said he could not find her at the height of the flooding.

Energex is working to restore power to about 6,000 customers across the south-east. Power is off is also off in the Wynnum area.

Schools around The Gap have been described as "emergency supervision" only. Although schools remain open, parents have been asked to make other arrangements if possible.

The weather bureau says some of the heaviest falls occurred over Brisbane's three major dams.

Brisbane damage

Damage to houses and cars is reported in the Brisbane inner city area.

North Regional Police Inspector David Richards said the storm started in the Gap area where a number of houses were evacuated. It then moved through the Paddington area.

There are also reports of widespread flooding in areas across Brisbane south and west.

The ABC reports primary areas affected include Ipswich, Oxley, Darra and Forest Lake plus the Gap, Ashgrove, Sherwood and Indooroopilly.

Boats have been used to patrol streets in Newmarket. People have been asked to not go on the roads, in order to let emergency services personnel work.

Police say suburban roads and major highways are cut around the south-east.

At Ipswich, the Bremer River has broken its banks. Mayor Paul Pisasle describes the flooding as the worst since 1974.

Emergency Management Queensland says scores of people in Brisbane and Logan City were rescued from cars in rapidly rising flood waters.

The weather bureau says more storms are on the way.