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The threat of flooding in Queensland has delayed clean-up efforts in communities already inundated by ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper last month.
Queensland floods

Far North Queensland (FNQ) has been hit by heavy rainfall, with forecasters warning conditions could continue over the weekend.

The threat of flash flooding in Queensland has delayed clean-up efforts in communities already inundated by ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper last month.

Hundreds of millimetres of rain has fallen in some parts of the state since Thursday. As such, emergency warnings are now in place. Here’s what you need to know.

Monsoon trough

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said an “immediate threat” from a monsoon trough has passed. However, damaging wind gusts, thunder, and severe storms are possible.

There is also a very low chance of a tropical cyclone developing in the region.

An Emergency Alert has been issued in the Douglas Shire while some residents have been advised to conserve water.

Queensland floods

Areas of FNQ at risk of flooding include the Daintree and Mossman Rivers, where more than 200mm of rainfall has been recorded since Thursday.

Further south near the Queensland border with NSW, the Paroo River is facing a major flood risk with moderate flooding on Friday as levels continue to rise.

Victoria

Conditions have begun easing in Victoria after the state recorded its wettest start to January on record.

Minor to moderate flood warnings remain in place along the Latrobe and Goulbourn Rivers after several homes were inundated this week.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced disaster support packages for affected residents on Wednesday.

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