Killarney braces for flooding

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE 4.30PM: Police and SES volunteers have been doorknocking low-lying businesses and residents in Killarney this afternoon as flooding fears rise.

With up to 300mm or more of rain expected in the Upper Condamine catchment by tonight the river is expected to break its banks in the town possibly by nightfall.

The Condamine at Killarney was at 4.85 metres and rising just before 3pm.

The Warwick-Killarney road is now cut due to fast-moving floodwaters.

Daily News correspondent John Towells said locals were keeping a close eye on Gravel Creek which feeds into the Condamine close to Killarney and which has not yet risen significantly.

The Southern Downs Regional Council and other local agencies are on high alert and a meeting of the Disaster Management Committee has been called for 4.30pm in Warwick.

Motorists are being stopped at the Eight Mile intersection due to a truck accident on the Cunningham Highway at Gladfield and to flooding of Maryvale Creek, and trees across the road at Cunningham's Gap.

The New England Highway to Toowoomba is also cut just north of the Eight Mile.

Delay any non-urgent travel and if on the road proceed with extreme caution in the current conditions.

The debris and an associated mudslide at the Gap follows completion of a $60 million project late last year to prevent further landslips due to heavy rain.

Darling Downs and Granite Belt residents are being warned to be on continued high alert for destructive winds and localised flash flooding throughout this afternoon and evening.

Cattle and horses have been stranded in paddocks in the Glengallan valley north-east of Warwick, which has become a virtual floodplain.

Tornado conditions and winds of up to 125kmh are still possible across eastern parts of the Downs and Granite Belt this afternoon and residents are urged to secure loose outdoor items.

A vehicle and caravan were earlier reported to be stranded at one of the river crossings in the Condamine Gorge above Killarney but it is believed at this stage no-one is inside.

Swiftwater rescue teams are on high alert in the region.

The Bureau of Meteorology's latest warning issued at 11.45am showed ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald was just east of Taroom.

A further 100mm or more of rain is tipped to fall across the Downs and Granite Belt by this evening.

For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next BOM warning is due to be issued by 5:45pm.

Rainfall to 9am Sunday - more than 100mm is also expected by Sunday evening on the Downs and Granite Belt...

  • The Head 127mm
  • Elbow Valley 57mm
  • Stanthorpe 29
  • Warwick 40
  • Bony Mountain 62mm
  • Goomburra 43mm
  • Pratten 29mm
  • Wallangarra 29mm

Topics:  darling downs granite belt oswald rain weather

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