Queensland floods wreak havoc as residents warned of 'worst case'

Central and southeast Queensland have been worst hit with a month's worth of rain falling over a coupe of days.

Residents have been forced to evacuate their homes as roads turn into rivers in central and southeast Queensland after thunderstorms dumped a month’s worth of rain on some areas over the weekend – with the deluge showing no sign of abating.

Images show roads blocked, cars submerged and people standing in shoulder-height floodwater while emergency services have been inundated with calls for help, with firefighters scooping people out of the water in Moreton Bay, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Darling Downs.

One resident was spotted kayaking down a street in a bid to escape, with bins, lampposts and other debris floating behind him in the water.

Left, the Queensland floods have obstructed roads with cars submerged in many central and southeast regions of the state (left and right). Middle, residents stand on high ground looking at areas flooded.
The Queensland floods have caused destruction to property and land with more wild weather expected over the coming days. Source: Queensland Ambulance Service
Left, escalators leading to lower levels at Morayfield Shopping Centre show the extent of the flooding. Right, a ute has flood watch splash up around it while the driver leaves the shopping centre.
Stores in Morayfield Shopping Centre have closed after the lower levels of the building were flooded. Source: Facebook

Shopping centres have also be heavily impacted with Morayfield Shopping Centre in Moreton Bay closing stores after lower levels were flooded as well as the underground car park.

The heavy rainfall is being caused by ex-tropical Cyclone Kirrily which is funnelling moisture down the state as it lingers between Mount Isa and Longreach — where it is expected to remain for the next few days. Flood warnings are current for large parts of central and southeast Queensland and are also impacting northeast NSW.

Flash flooding predicted in next 48 hours

The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting flash flooding in many regions in the next few days, with the wild weather already causing destruction and leaving thousands without power.

"In the worst case it could lead to inundation of homes, properties, businesses and agricultural land," the bureau warned.

Left, road closed as flood water covers it. Right, a man kayaks down a street.
Roads have been overwhelmed by flood water and authorities have urged locals to not drive through the water. Source: Queensland Ambulance Service
Morayfield Shopping Centre's underground car park is flooded with the water coming up high against the red structural columns.
Underground car parks have been flooded from the heavy rainfall. Source: Facebook

Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) is urging people to not attempt to cross flooded roads and respect blocked road signs, with the full extent of road damages often not clear until clean-up operations take place.

"If it’s flooded, forget it! Do not attempt to cross flooded areas," QAS wrote online.

with AAP

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