Dramatic footage of Qld floodwaters


Dramatic footage posted to social media shows raging floodwaters engulfing a road and tearing down a backyard fence south of Brisbane.

The video, shared by 7 News, was filmed by a resident at the corner of Lovell Street and Astro Court in Slacks Creek.

“The road is getting ripped up,” the person filming says. “Holy s***.”

Further north, the flood risk for a regional Queensland town has subsided after earlier fears that lives and properties could be at risk.

The town of Dalby, northwest of Brisbane, had been warned of potential flooding after heavy rainfall in the region.

While the flood risk has now been downgraded to minor, residents remain watchful that the waterway running through the town will break its banks. The Bureau of Meteorology had forecast Myall Creek to peak at 3.1 metres early on Sunday morning. The creek’s banks break when the water level reaches 2m, but it needs to reach 3.5m before floodwaters threaten homes.

The creek’s waters fell throughout Sunday morning, reaching 2.7m by 1pm. The bureau recorded the same height after 3pm, stating the creek remained steady.

In January of 2011, Dalby resembled a dam with many parts of the town underwater.

Meanwhile, a southern Queensland town has had two years worth of drinking water flow into its dam.

Following a downpour across the state, residents of Warwick now have some respite from the drought that has crippled the region.

Leslie Dam, which supplies water to Warwick and surrounding communities, nearly doubled its capacity overnight.

At 4pm on Saturday SunWater recorded the dam’s level at 7.66 per cent. By 10.30am on Sunday it had risen to 12.64 per cent.

Mayor of the Southern Downs, Tracy Dobie, told AAP as much as two years worth of drinking water had flowed into Leslie Dam.

“We have had almost as much rain in January and February as we had in all of 2019,” Ms Dobie said.

There was heavy rain in Brisbane's CBD this morning. Picture: Richard Gosling
media_cameraThere was heavy rain in Brisbane’s CBD this morning. Picture: Richard Gosling

The community of Stanthorpe near the border with NSW also received much needed rain.

The community officially ran out of drinking water in January, needing to truck water from Connolly dam 60km to the town’s north.

Ms Dobie told AAP Connelly dam received good rain, but the town’s main supply, Storm King Dam, did not receive enough to halt water trucking.

“We got one month of water into Storm King Dam, but we are looking at needing six months worth of rain to stop the trucking,” she said.

Originally published as Dramatic footage of Qld floodwaters