Breaking flood update: 3pm Tuesday
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE 1pm:
TRAFFIC is flowing after the O.O Madsen Bridge in Warwick opened at about 1pm today.
The New England Highway to Toowoomba has also re-opened but is down to one lane at the flood-damaged section at Glengallan Creek just north of the Eight Mile and is badly-damaged in other sections.
Mayor Peter Blundell has asked motorists to avoid the highway to Toowoomba wherever possible at this time, describing it as "gravel".
For updates on other road closures contact the Southern Downs Regional Council hotline on 4661 0300.
Travel to Brisbane from Warwick across Cunningham's Gap remains impossible with mudslides on either side of the Gap likely to take up to a week or more to fix.
The highway at the Gap will remain closed until that happens.
The McCahon Bridge in Warwick will remain closed indefinitely while council assesses damage from a shipping container which struck it on Sunday evening.
Farmers are now counting the cost of extensive crop damage with corn, sorghum and other crops wiped out on some properties.
The Condamine River peaked at just over 7.3 metres in Warwick yesterday afternoon and residential and business clean-ups are now well under way and also in Killarney.
DAILY NEWS DELIVERIES...
Copies of Wednesday's print editon of the Warwick Daily News are expected to be delivered as normal tomorrow morning and free copies of Monday's edition will be available at most retail outlets.
Tomorrow's Daily News will contain a special flood pictorial from this week.
MORE UPDATES TO FOLLOW.
FROM EARLIER TODAY....
The Condamine River in Warwick peaked at 7.31 metres late yesterday afternoon, earlier and lower than expected.
Main Roads, rural firefighters and council crews have started the clean-up of major roads around the area.
All crews are working to have roads open as soon as possible.
THE rescue of a 7-year-old boy suffering kidney problems in Maryvale is the top priority for the RACQ Care flight helicopter based in Toowoomba today.
Warwick Police acting Senior Sergeant Shane Reid said this morning the rescue team were waiting for the fog to clear above Toowoomba before they went into rescue the boy.
"Nothing will take priority over this rescue," he said.
Motorists are urged not to cross flooded roads and any homeowners requiring assistance to due wind or rain damage should contact the SES on 132 500.
In the case of life threatening emergencies, always call Triple Zero (000).
Reports of trees or powerlines across roads should be directed to the council on 4660 0300.