Floods in Brisbane and Queensland

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People in Brisbane are being urged to prepare for possible flooding as wild weather continues to plague the state.

Brisbane City Council issued a warning to residents late on Monday, with more rain predicted for the coming days.

Sandbags are being offered to those in low-lying areas and the council is also advising that possessions and equipment be moved off the ground.

It also recommends downloading a flood map for their suburb from http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au to see how individual properties may be affected.

‘More rain (is) expected overnight and tomorrow to already sodden catchments,’ the council said in a statement.

Localised flooding has occurred over the past few days on a number of roads across Brisbane, many of which remain affected.

Motorists are encouraged not to attempt to cross flooded roads, with authorities warning flood waters can be fast-moving and dangerous.

The State Emergency Service (SES) reiterated that message after rescuing at least three people from trapped vehicles across the state within a matter of hours on Monday night.

There has also been instances of retaining and rock walls on private property failing because of the saturated ground, and caution is urged around such structures, the council said.

The local SES unit attended more than 30 jobs on Monday, mostly for leaking roofs and sandbagging, and 48 volunteers are assisting residents.

Flash-flooding is affecting a large swathe of central, southeast and southwest Queensland and a severe weather warning remains in place, with heavy falls expected to drench southern and inland areas over the next few days.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the immediate concern is for Chinchilla in the state’s southwest, Dalby, Warwick and further north at Theodore and Rockhampton in central Queensland.

Residents in some of those rural areas are on evacuation alert and towns have been cut off by near record-breaking flood levels.

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