South East Queensland weather emergency live updates: Thousands of properties set to flood in Brisbane as ‘catastrophic’ floods hit northern New South Wales

Live updates


Evacuation centers in South East Queensland


  • Sleeman Sports Complex, Old Cleveland Road & Tilley Rd, Chandler.
  • Kedron-Wavell Service Club, 21 Kittyhawk Dr Chermside

Moreton Bay:

  • Redcliffe Showgrounds, Scarborough Road, Redcliffe
  • Dayboro Community Hall, 6 Bradley Street, Dayboro
  • Beachmere State School, 24-58 James Road, Beachmere
  • Dayboro Showgrounds, 3512 Mount Mee Road, for caravans and motorhomes
  • Woodford Community Hall, 103 Archer Street, Woodford
  • Caboolture Memorial Hall, 60-65 King Street, Caboolture
  • Watson Park Convention Centre, 337 Old Gympie Rd, Dakabin
  • Bribie Island Rec Hall, 156A First Avenue, Bongaree
  • Samford Community Hall, School Road, Village of Samford
  • Strathpine Community Centre, 199 Gympie Road, Strathpine
  • Burpengary Community Hall, 101 Station Road, Burpengary


  • Ipswich Exhibition Center at 81 Warwick Road, Ipswich
  • Karalee State School, 77 Arthur Summervilles Road, Karalee (Place of refuge, no facilities except toilets)
  • Kruger State School, 170 Kruger Parade, Bellbird Park (Place of refuge, no facilities except toilets)

Golden Coast:

  • Opening of evacuation muster points at Reedy Creek Waste & Ormeau Recycling Center and Community Center

Sunny coast:

  • Nambour Exhibition Center
  • Sunshine Coast University Sports Stadium, 90 Sippy Downs Dr, Sippy Downs


  • No evacuation center open

Red Lands:

  • No evacuation center open


  • Noosa Leisure Centre, 9 Wallace Dr, Noosaville QLD

Panoramic rim:

  • Canungra School of Arts Hall, 3-7 Pine St, Canungra (place of refuge)
  • Tamborine Memorial Hall, 2760 Waterford Tamborine Rd, Tamborine (Place of Refuge)
  • Beaudesert Baptist Church, 13 Eagles Street, Beaudesert (Place of Refuge)


  • No active evacuation center


Where to find emergency help and information
Listen to ABC Local Radio for regular updates:
  • ABC Wide Bay on 100.1fm + 855am or stream online
  • ABC Brisbane on 6:12 or online
  • ABC Sunshine Coast on 90.3FM Nambour and Gympie 95.3FM or the live stream

By Michael Doyle

Journalist Bruce McKenzie says some people in Lismore who have been told to leave cannot safely

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ABC reporter Bruce McKenzie reports from Lismore.

He said there were residents who were told to leave their homes, but it was too late.

He said many are waiting to be rescued,

By Daniel Colasimone

The Prime Minister will speak at 10 a.m.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will chair a meeting of Queensland’s Disaster Management Committee at 9am.

A press conference will likely follow around 10 a.m.

By Heidi Davoren

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A Lismore family shelters on their roof and desperately waits to be rescued.

By Daniel Colasimone

The Brisbane River is expected to peak at 4m

By Heidi Davoren

Parts of Warrego Highway are also closed

By Heidi Davoren

Residents urged to save drinking water

People in South East Queensland are still urged to save water as sewage treatment plants struggle to cope with the massive influx of dirty water.

Seqwater’s Mike Foster told ABC Radio Queensland that the Mount Crosby and North Pine processing plants were taken offline overnight but were back early Monday morning to produce a small quantity.

“Since we started asking people in South East Queensland to conserve water, we’ve actually seen a 20% drop in consumption in the last 72 hours which is fantastic and really welcome” , did he declare.

Mr Foster said the slow and controlled releases from the Wivenhoe Dam had continued over the weekend and the dam was “absolutely doing what it was designed to do”.

“We managed to effectively retain, with the dam and the rivers that lead to it, about 2.2 million megaliters of water and we only let out 150,000. [megalitres] in a controlled and regular manner,” he said.

“These releases will continue…probably for most of this week.”

By Heidi Davoren

Wivenhoe Dam capacity remains stable

By Heidi Davoren

Estimation of flooded properties

We have now received an updated estimate from Brisbane City Council on how many properties are expected to be flooded. It looks like 4,501 could be completely flooded, including 2,145 residential properties.

There could be 10,827 partially flooded properties and overall around 21,611 properties would be affected by the 4 meter peak this morning.

By Michael Doyle

The important event

Lismore SES urges residents ‘not to bring boats’

A Facebook post on the Lismore SES page urged people not to bring boats or vehicles to help their crews.

They thanked the community for wanting to help, but said it could hamper rescues.

Facebook: NSW SES Lismore City Unit

By Heidi Davoren

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Debris floats down the Brisbane River at Princess Street Park in Fairfield in central Brisbane. Provided by: Juanita Ypinazar

By Michael Doyle

Check road closures here

Can anyone update the status on the Bruce Highway northbound and southbound and is it still closed and if so any estimates of when it will reopen?


Hi John,

You can find all road closures by clicking on this link.

There are too many closures to mention, including on the Bruce Highway where there are many closures in both directions.

By Heidi Davoren

People trapped in houses in Ipswich

By Michael Doyle

The important event

Lismore flood ‘catastrophic’, mayor says

Lismore Mayor Steve Krieg is urging people in his area to leave if they can now.

He said many people were taken aback by the speed of the rising waters.

“It’s a system that really took us by surprise,” he said.

“As prepared as Lismore has been for the past few days, the scale and height of the river has really taken a lot of people by surprise.”

The mayor said he thought he would have spent last night at home, but was due to leave around 8 p.m.

By Heidi Davoren

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The Brisbane River flooded the Regatta Hotel in Toowong and properties along Sylvan Road. Provided: Tracy-Anne O’Sullivan

By Heidi Davoren

Bruce Highway still closed

The Bruce Highway on the Sunshine Coast remains closed as workers wait to gain access to the road and assess the damage, Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey said.

“It’s too early to have a report for this morning, I’ll have it soon, but the Sunshine Coast was completely destroyed by the rain, they really took the brunt of it from the start,” he said.

“We expect damage, but hope we can open the Bruce Highway as soon as possible. »

By Michael Doyle

Update on power outages in the region

There are widespread blackouts across the region.

West End, Moorooka and Bundamba have the most affected properties.

You can find all the breakdowns by clicking here.

By Michael Doyle

The important event

Several emergency alerts have been issued by QFES

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