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Rainfall and flooding continues across south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales


Issued: 12.30pm AEDT on Sunday 27 February 2022

The Bureau of Meteorology's severe weather warnings for south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales remain current for the dangerous and unfolding weather and flood situation. Numerous major flood warnings are current in Queensland and NSW.

Heavy rain is expected to continue throughout Sunday and possibly Monday, before it begins to ease. With many catchments saturated, dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding and landslides are occurring, and emergency services are advising the community to stay off the roads and monitor the situation closely.

Major flood warnings are in place across Queensland, including the Mary River, Mooloolah, Noosa and Maroochy rivers, Upper Brisbane and Stanley rivers, Laidley, Lockyer and Warrill creeks, Bremer and Logan rivers. In northern NSW flood warnings are current for the Tweed, Wilsons, Richmond, Clarence and Orara rivers.

In New South Wales, there is a risk of dangerous and potentially life-threatening flooding at Tumbulgum, Lismore, Grafton, Coutts Crossing, Kyogle and Coraki. A hazardous surf warning for Byron Coast and Coffs Coast is current, with the warning extending to Macquarie Coast from tomorrow.

Flooding is impacting populated communities including Gympie, Maryborough, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich and Brisbane, and Lismore and Grafton.

There is a moderate flood warning for the Lower Brisbane River, and the inner city of Brisbane saw some flash flooding on Sunday morning following the high tide. The flood warning for the Brisbane River continues to consider the staged releases from Wivenhoe Dam, being managed by SEQ Water and informed by forecasting information from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Damaging wind gusts continue along the south-east Queensland and northern NSW coasts and nearby inland areas.

Communities should be prepared for flood impacts and are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings on the Bureau's website and BOM Weather app, and to follow the advice of emergency services.

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