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Another wet week for Queensland

Queensland is bracing for another wet week but downpours won’t be as heavy and widespread, minimising flood risks, forecasters say.

Emergency services are still mopping up in towns across central Queensland following weekend floods.

SES crews had nine storm damage jobs in central Queensland overnight in Emerald, Rockhampton, The Gemfields, Calliope, Gracemere and Rolleston, an emergency services spokeswoman told AAP.

Central Highlands mayor Peter Maguire said rivers around Emerald were receding.

‘Rolleston remains completely cut off,’ he told AAP on Monday.

‘It’s been a sunny weather weekend, you wouldn’t know there’s a flood on.’

He said the road to Rockhampton was expected to reopen later on Monday allowing stranded trucks and tourists to get through.

Queensland Rail was also working to reopen the rail link to Rockhampton as soon as possible, he said.

Mr Maguire said people forced to evacuate homes and caravan parks had been able to return home.

Heavy rain also caused rockslides, landslips, power cuts and traffic crashes on southern Queensland roads over the weekend.

The wet weather kept emergency crews busy on Sunday, with 29 jobs at Redlands south of Brisbane.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Tony Auden said conditions would be wet across central and southeast Queensland this week.

‘We’re expecting not widespread rainfall, as such, but fairly active thunderstorm and showers right through the week,’ he said.

‘There will be the odd sunny break … but for the most part falls should be lighter than what we have seen over the past three or four days.’

He said central Queensland towns coping with weekend floods were in for more rain.

‘They’re in for showers and thunderstorms and there’s a chance of flash flooding risk,’ he said.

‘But in terms of widespread rainfall that you need to exacerbate river flooding, it’s unlikely we’ll see sufficient rainfall to give us river flooding issues.’

The bureau has flood warnings current for Bulloo, Condamine, Balonne, Paroo, Bremer, Thomson, Barcoo and Warrego rivers, Fitzroy River Basin, as well as Lockyer, Brisbane below Wivenhoe, Warrill and Cooper creeks.

– Sky News.  Prime News – First at 5:30, Sky channel 4, or Sky News channel 90


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