Relief payments open to flood-hit Qld | Western Magazine

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, such as food, temporary accommodation, clothing and medicine.

Additional funds to cover cleanup costs have been allocated to residents of 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 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 Saturday night, the Bureau of Meteorology said, with flood warnings expected to ease over the next few days.

But Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Shane Chelepy warned residents not to be complacent.

“While we see the rain easing today, we still have a number of streams flowing,” Mr Chelepy said on Saturday.

“You are very likely to see road closures again. Please do not use these roads.

“I know the weather is improving, but it allows emergency services to focus on areas we need to focus on. We’re just asking people in other areas to be careful.”

Eighty-seven buildings were affected by floodwaters in Warwick, with 49 people using shelter services due to the breaching of the Condamine River.

“The district disaster group and the local disaster group are meeting today,” Mr Chelepy said. “As the river goes down, they will move towards these recovery efforts.”

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

“We expect minor impacts on CBD businesses,” Chelepy said. “But we don’t expect the predicted spikes (or) significant impacts, particularly on homes in the area.”

It comes after hundreds of homes in southeast Queensland and more than 700 roads were hit by floodwaters on Friday.

Queensland beaches remained closed on Saturday, while families were told to avoid lakes and creeks.

Australian Associated Press