Emergency alert: Man dead, M1 closed, 49k without power, 140 suburbs under threat as Brisbane River to reach major flood

Queenslanders in flood zones have been told to stay home, with water levels expected to rise over the coming days as a deadly and fierce weather system begins to move south. Queensland’s death toll from the devastating rain event has risen to seven overnight, following the death of a man in Fitzgibbon in Brisbane’s north. SCROLL DOWN FOR THE FULL LIST OF SUBURBS UNDER THREAT The 59-year-old man is believed to have been pinned against a fence by raging floodwaters, but despite rescue efforts from neighbors he was unable to be saved.Two men are also missing overnight, one from Goodna who went to meet a friend at a train station. His car has since been found but there is no sign of him at this stage.Brisbane rain radarA second man is to be missing off the Brisbane Valley Highway at Glen Esk from where he called for help to say he was trapped in his car. There is so far no sign of his vehicle or him.The M1 has been cut at Tallebudgera, Burleigh and Jacobs Well due to flooding as intense rainfall hits the Gold Coast while Steve Irwin Way is also closed from Glenview to Beerburrum. Long delays are expected.The Bruce Highway is still cut between Caboolture and Caloundra and the Warrego Highway is closed at Blacksoil because of floodwaters.Diversions are in place. Electricity has been cut to more close to 51,000 homes around South East Queensland, with Brisbane, Ipswich, Gympie and Logan the worst affected.There are reports one of Brisbane’s CityCat ferries, that was berthed at Hamilton Northshore, was dislodged by river debris and was on its way downstream. The plea from Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to stay home came as the state’s southeast was battered by another day of relentless rain, extreme storm activity and flash flooding.The Brisbane River is expected to reach major flood, peaking at 4m, with the morning high tide, less than half a metre shy of the 2011 Brisbane flood peak.A second peak on the afternoon high tide around 3.3m is likely and river levels are not expected to drop below moderate flood level for at least a few days.Queensland Fire and Emergency Services last night issued an emergency flood alert for 140 Brisbane suburbs which include Acacia Ridge, Ascot, Bowen Hills, Brisbane City, Carindale, Indooroopilly, Kangaroo Point, Lutwyche, Nudgee, Paddington, Rocklea, St Lucia, Taringa, Wavell Heights and Wynnum.The Mary, Noosa, Bremer, Logan, Albert, Condamine and Balonne Rivers are also all under major flood alert. An emergency alert has also been issued for:- Residents of Tingalpa in Brisbane’s east and Boondall in the north, residents of Sandgate, and for the area around Brisbane Airport and Park Ridge and Beenleigh. Residents of the Currumbin and Tallebudgera valleys with ‘intense rainfall leading to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding’ with the area cut off, said the warning texted to residents at 4.18am.The Tallebudgera and Currumbin creeks have risen sharply as the high tide nears just before 6.30am, and low-lying residents are on high alert.– Logan residents in the Logan River catchment with Maclean Bridge expected to peak 1.5m above 2017 level. Waterford expected to peak 1.5m above 2017 level.– Logan residents in the Albert River catchment with flooding forecast to approach 2017 flood levels. Wolfdene to peak mid Monday just below 2017 level. Beenleigh to peak Monday evening around 1m below 2017 level.– Moreton Bay residents in White Patch, Bribie Island where water supply has been cut due to a section of road and water pipe washing away on White Patch Esplanade. Unitywater, Council, SES and Volunteer Marine Rescue are working to get bottled water and other supplies to affected people.Impact of overnight rain feltThe wild weather continued overnight, with heavy rainfall and flash flooding extending down to the Gold Coast as the weather system tracks southward along the coast and into northeastern NSW. Intense local rainfalls of up to 180mm are possible, along with wind gusts in excess of 90km/h in the Gold Coast hinterland.Bracken Ridge recorded the most rain in the past day with 444mm in the 19 hours to 4am Monday with 421mm at Albany Ck , 409mm at Everton Hills, 408mm at Murrumba Downs, 401mm at Lawnton and 389mm at Upper Springbrook.The death toll from the catastrophic floods now stands at seven, with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services taking 1500 calls for help from Brisbane to Beaudesert on Sunday. About1000 schools will be closed on Monday, trains have been canceled and people have been urged to work from home and drive only if it is an emergency.The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital has suspended appointments and planned care temporarily because of the ongoing rain and flooding .Roads remained cut across the southeast, including the Bruce Highway at Caboolture, the Warrego Highway at Gatton and many major and minor roads throughout Greater Brisbane.In the city’s inner sub urbs, swiftwater rescue crews helped trapped residents from their waterlogged homes in scenes reminiscent of the 2011 floods.In Windsor, locals used surfboards and inflatable mattresses to get themselves, their pets and their belongings to safety, while on the Brisbane River a miraculous rescue unfolded when a houseboat collided with the Holman St ferry terminal at Kangaroo Point and capsized.A man on board was pulled from the water by members of the public as the wreckage jammed into a pontoon at Howard Smith Wharves.There were also reports of manhole covers lifting due to the volume of water in drains, with incidents at Russell Street, Cleveland; Abelia Street, Alexandra Hills; Dorsal Drive, Birkdale; Birkdale Road, Birkdale; Gowan Road, Sunnybank Hills and Thomas Street, Bundamba.Debbie and Paul Edwards are rescued from their Ashgrove Ave, Newmarket roof during Brisbane’s floods.“No one expected this rain bomb to be seated over the southeast of our state for such a long period of time,” Ms Palaszczuk said.“Let me be very clear about this – this is like an unpredictable cyclone and it is the levels that we have never expected or could never have been forecast,” she said.“We never expected this rain, this rain bomb is just unrelenting. It’s coming down in buckets – it’s not a waterfall, it’s like waves of water just coming down,” Ms Palaszczuk said.She said anyone who lived by a river or creek prone to flooding should think about getting out and moving to higher ground.” Now is probably the time to start thinking about your safety plan,” she said.There would be controlled water releases over the coming days from the three gated dams, including Wivenhoe Dam, but she insisted it still had capacity to hold more water.Ms Palaszczuk agreed that an extreme weather event had been forecast, but said “we didn’t expect it to stay this long”.90+ images: SEQ’s flood disaster in pics“I don’t control the weather, with all due respect,” she said, when probed further by journalists.“For the next 24 hours, we do expect the rain to be easing.“But of course, that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods, because we’re going to see these high levels for the next three days, especially around the Bremer (River), the Brisbane River, and also do wn to the Logan, the Albert, and there could be some flash flooding as well.”Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll urged people to stay out of the water, warning they were putting themselves – and rescue crews – in grave danger.“Thankfully , there haven’t been any more deaths in addition to the six that I reported this morning,” she said.“I want people to speak to their friends, speak to their children about this behavior please.”There are people on surfboards, people swimming, people trying to cross waterways and the list goes on.”She said police had 6000 jobs logged in just two days relating to people entering floodwaters.“In addition to that, there has been another 1000 calls just in the last several hours ,” she said.“I ask all of you that you take this seriously, that you stay off the roads unless you desperately have to be on them for an emergency matter,” Ms Carroll said.Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have responded to 6500 calls for help throughout the flood ev ent.The majority of the calls on Sunday came from Brisbane, as well as Logan, Ipswich and Beaudesert.The Bureau of Meteorology recorded some starting rainfall totals, including 135mm in just 90 minutes at Kippa Ring and 52mm in 30 minutes at Murrumba Downs. In Ashgrove, Debbie and Paul Edwards were rescued by a swift water crew, after water inundated their home. “It was like a river running through the house,” Mr Edwards said. In Windsor, a Ukrainian couple were rescued after having to shelter on top of their dining room table as water levels rose within their home.“It’s pretty life-threatening for her now,” Katrina Murphy, as her friend Iryna remained trapped on the table .“They called for a rescue, but were told to sit tight because the water wasn’t flowing.”RAINFALL TOTALS:Rainfall since 9am Sunday to 4am Monday:444mm at Bracken Ridge Res421mm at Albany Ck409mm at Everton Hills408mm at Murrumba Downs401mm at Lawnton389mm Upper SpringbrookPrevious Rainfall to 9am Sunday:461mm at Mount Glorious362mm at Rose Ck Road322mm at Mount Mee320.8mm at Beerburrum231mm at Brisbane CityPrevious Rainfall to 9am Saturday:709mm at Mt Glorious541mm at Pomona444mm at Tin Can Bay381mm at Dayboro301mm at Gatwich224mm at Brisbane City OF SUBURBS UNDER THREAT FROM BRISBANE RIVER FLOOD:Acacia RidgeAlbionAlgesterAnnerleyAnsteadArcherfieldAscot AshgroveAuchenflowerBalmoral BanyoBardon BellbowrieBelmontBoonda llBowen Hills Bracken RidgeBrightonBrisbane AirportBrisbane City Brookfield Bulimba CalamvaleCamp Hill Cannon Hill Carina Carindale Chapel HillChelmerChuwarClayfieldCoopers PlainsCoorparooCorinda Darra Deagon DoolandellaDurackDutton Park Eagle Farm East BrisbaneEllen Grove Fairfield Fig Tree Pocket FitzgibbonForest LakeFortitude ValleyGeebungGracevilleGreenslopesGumdaleHamiltonHawthorneHeathwoodHemmantHendra HerstonHighgate Hill InalaIndooroopillyJamboree HeightsJindalee Kangaroo PointKarana Downs Kelvin GroveKenmoreKenmore HillsKholoLake Manchester Larapinta Lutwyche LyttonManly West Middle ParkMiltonMoggillMoorookaMorningside Mount Crosby Mt OmmaneyMurarrieNathanNew FarmNew MarketNewsteadNorman ParkNorthgateNudgeeNudgee BeachNundahOxleyPaddington Pallara Parkinson Petrie TerracePinjarra HillsPinkenba Port of BrisbanePullenvale Red HillRichlandsRiverhillsRocklea SalisburySandgate Seven Hills Seventeen Mile RocksSherwoodShornecliffeSinnamon ParkSouth BrisbaneSpring HillSt LuciaStones CornerSumne rSunnybankTaigum TaringaTarragindiTeneriffeTennysonTingalpaToowongVirginiaWacolWakerlyWavell HeightsWestend West LakeWillawongWilstonWindsorWoolloongabbaWooloowinWynnumWynnum WestYeerongpillyYerongaZillmereQueensland app (rain)

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