Recovery starts for southeast Queensland

Brisbane flooding has caused destruction, one week after Ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily swept through Far North Queensland.
Brisbane flooding

Southeast Queensland has been inundated by rain in recent days, forcing some residents to leave their homes.

Conditions began easing today after heavy rainfall overnight. Earlier this week, around 300 millimetres of rain fell in a single day in some parts of Qld.

It comes a week after ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily made landfall in the state’s far north. Kirrily has now moved northwest, bringing heavy rainfall to more parts of the state.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said the Government will provide “whatever support” it can to help with recovery efforts.

Brisbane flooding

Heavy rain brought flooding to southeast Qld this week, including near Brisbane.

Severe conditions in Warra, 300km west of Brisbane, led to the evacuation of 27 residents from their homes. No major injuries or loss of life have been reported.

Coastal catchments in the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay region are advised to watch for further warnings.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily made landfall near Townsville on Thursday night, bringing damaging winds and rain that caused power outages to at least 55,000 homes.

The system has since moved inland, and brought heavy rainfall and minor floods to northwest Qld, where a severe weather warning remains in place.

Kirrily is expected to track south later in the week, bringing more rain to already inundated parts of the state.

Safety advice

Residents impacted by heavy rainfall and flooding are advised to remain inside a strong and safe building and to keep doors and windows closed.

Authorities recommended households store ample supplies of essentials, and to keep their phone batteries charged up where possible.

Queenslanders are urged not to drive in floodwaters, and to look out for neighbours and vulnerable members of the community.

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