Dramatic rescues as main street inundated with floodwater
EMERGENCY services have pulled two people from cars caught in flash flooding in Brisbane's west, following severe thunderstorms.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Durack station officer Jason Mannix said he and his partner were on their way back to the station from a job on Monday about 8pm when they noticed a car in flood waters on Bowhill Rd, Durack.
The duo freed a woman from her car after it became inundated, before they noticed a man in a car on the opposite side of the road who was also in trouble.
"It didn't come through a Triple 0 call, we were on our way back to the station," Mr Mannix told The Courier-Mail.
Mr Mannix said the drivers were quite distressed and misjudged driving through the flood waters on the dark street.
"Neither of them could swim," he added.
The man and woman were not physically injured.
Chinchilla's main street was also hit by flash flooding.
Kyle Weedon shared a picture on social media showing the water rising around the local Domino's pizza restaurant.
"Usually wouldn't ask this but please don't order dominos at the moment. Were (sic) a bit flooded," he wrote.
BoM forecaster Jonty Hall said Chinchilla received about 75mm of rain during the storms.
Flash flooding affected a number of areas across the southeast, including in Coulson, west of Brisbane, with Ipswich Boonah Rd experiencing flash flooding near Podlichs Rd, while the Beaudesert Nerang Rd was also flooded in Biddaddaba with lanes closed.
The Mt Lindesay Highway at Browns Plains was also flooded and closed for a period.
Drivers were urged to seek another route if roads are flooded, and never to drive through flood waters.
Crews were also working to restore power across the region. As of 11pm, about 1600 homes remained without power, with the majority in the Ipswich, Gold Coast and Brisbane regions.
Mr Hall said the positive news was that the wild weather would bring some relief to the recent heat. He said the storm activity was due to a southerly wind change which will see humidity drop off noticeably.
STATEWIDE RAINFALL TOTALS
Residents on the Sunshine Coast were largely missed by last night's storms with the Bureua of Meteorology's gauges recording only minor falls in most areas, over the past 24 hours.
The exception was Mount Timberwah and Upper Doonan which copped 56mm and 35mm respectively.
The Gympie region largely missed out but further north between Bundaberg and the Fraser Coast 37mm fell at the Railway Bridge gauge, just south of Childers.
Rockhampton appears to have missed the rain however falls in excess of 30mm were recorded just inland at Upper Ulam Rd.
Gladstone itself recorded 25mm and just south of Mackay at the Sucreon Weir 77mm fell in the past 24 hours.
Around Toowoomba, Warwick and Ipswich consistent totals of five to 20mm were recorded in some areas while other missed out altogether.
The heaviest falls were at Ripley South which received 40mm,
DAM GOOD RAIN TOPS UP SUPPLIES
Rain last week has given a significant boost to southeast Queensland dams, with heavy downfalls delivering an extra 2½ months' worth of water supply.
SEQwater has confirmed the grid received an extra 3 per cent of water between Friday and Monday (prior to Monday night's storms) pushing total storage up to 78 per cent.
An SEQWater spokesman said some dams around the Sunshine Coast were now at capacity or spilling over.
In far-north Queensland, Toolakea, just north of Townsville, has received monster rainfalls, recording 520mm in the last seven days.
Most fell on the weekend, when 211mm was recorded between 9am Saturday and 9am on Sunday.
More rain is forecast for Queensland this week, although there is only the chance of a storm in Brisbane today before sunny conditions for the rest of the week.
Mackay and Townsville will be expecting showers and tops of 32C. Inland, Longreach could get a shower with a top of 38C and Mount Isa will stay dry, 41C.
The state's west will stay fine and sunny with 37C at Charleville, while the southeast is in for patchy weather, with showers for the Gold Coast