Properties are expected to escape flood damage after torrential rain in parts of Queensland.
Authorities in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley are not expecting any major flood damage after torrential rain in parts of the state.
The south and southeast have seen extraordinary rain over the past 24 hours, sparking the rescue of five people caught up in flood waters.
They included one woman who was pulled to safety from the roof of her car, which got stuck in floodwaters overnight at Gatton in the flood-prone Lockyer Valley west of Brisbane.
The highest rainfall was seen in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, where falls of more than 200mm were recorded.
Very heavy rain has also lashed Brisbane, the Gold Coast and surrounding communities.
The rain has eased but the effects are now being felt in river catchments west of Brisbane.
Lockyer Valley mayor Steve Jones says rainfall and river monitoring systems set up after the deadly flash floods in 2011 are working well, and don’t suggest there’ll be major damage.
He said rainfall figures and vision from cameras set up at rivers and creeks were being fed back to an operations centre.
“The details of creek rises and rainfall that we hold for our area is very accurate,” he told the ABC.
At Ipswich, west of Brisbane, there has been localised flooding in some areas, but the council does not expect any inundation of properties.
The Bremer River is expected to reach minor to moderate flood levels, with the peak expected about midday (AEST).
The Bureau of Meteorology had earlier on Friday warned of severe thunderstorms on the Fraser Coast on Friday, but says that threat has now passed.