A file copy of flooded Bremer River.
Most of the waterways in southeast Queensland have peaked including the Bremer River in Ipswich. Image by Russell Freeman/AAP PHOTOS
  • flood

Relief payments open to flood-affected Qld


May 14, 2022

Queensland residents in 12 flood-affected local government areas will be eligible for disaster relief.

Payments of up to $180 per person have been set aside for Lockyer Valley and Southern Downs residents to cover the costs of immediate essential needs, like food, temporary accommodation, clothing and medication.

Additional funding to cover clean-up costs has been allocated to people in the Brisbane, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Gympie, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, South Burnett, Southern Downs and Toowoomba areas.

It comes as major to moderate flood warnings remain in place for parts of southeast and central Queensland.

The Condamine and Mary rivers had major flood warnings in place on Saturday afternoon, while there are moderate warnings for the Logan River and Warrill, Laidley and Lockyer creeks.

A minor flood warning is in place for the Bremer and Brisbane rivers.

Most of those waterways have already peaked or will peak later on Saturday evening, the Bureau of Meteorology said, with flood warnings to ease over the next few days.

But Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Shane Chelepy has warned residents not to get complacent. 

“While we’re seeing the rain easing today, we still have a number of creeks that are flowing,” Mr Chelepy said on Saturday. 

“It is highly likely that you’ll still see road closures. Please don’t enter those roads.

“I know the weather’s improving but it allows the emergency services to focus on those areas that we need to focus on. We just ask people in other areas to please take care.”

Eighty-seven buildings have been affected by flood waters in Warwick, with 49 people using shelter services due to the Condamine River breaking its banks.

“The district disaster group and the local disaster group are meeting today,” Mr Chelepy said. “As the river drops further, they’ll be moving in towards those recovery efforts.”

Emergency services were also preparing for moderate flooding at the Mary River to hit the town of Gympie on Saturday. 

“We are expecting some minor impacts to businesses in the CBD,” Mr Chelepy said. “But we’re not expecting the predicted peaks (or) any significant impacts particularly to dwellings in the area.”

It comes after hundreds of homes in Queensland’s southeast and more than 700 roads were affected by flood waters on Friday. 

Queensland beaches stayed closed on Saturday, while families were advised to avoid lakes and creeks.