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Flood risk eases for Queensland town of Dalby but more rain on the way

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The town of Dalby, 208 km northwest of Brisbane, has been inundated after heavy rainfall fell in the region.

The flood risk for a regional Queensland town has subsided after earlier fears that lives and properties could be at risk.

The town of Dalby, northwest of Brisbane, had been warned of potential flooding after heavy rainfall in the region.

While the flood risk has now been downgraded to minor, residents remain watchful that the waterway running through the town will break its banks.

Myall Creek which runs through the town peaked at 3.15 metres around 6am today.

The creek's banks break when the water level reaches 2 metres, but it needs to reach 3.5 metres before floodwaters threaten homes.

The creek's waters fell throughout Sunday morning, reaching 2.7m by 1pm. The bureau recorded the same height after 3pm, stating the creek remained steady.

The town has a history of devastating floods. In January of 2011, Dalby resembled a dam with many parts of the town under water.

Across the region, two people had to be rescued from a car in floodwaters at Greenmount, south of Toowoomba, and about 10 homes were evacuated in Jondaryan.

The Bureau of Meteorology said severe thunderstorms also created intense downpours around Warwick, with more than 80 millimetres falling in an hour.

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Western Downs Mayor Paul McVeigh met with the local disaster management group this morning.

"Last night we had substantial rain in the catchment area of Myall Creek," Councillor McVeigh said.

"Residents in affected areas need to be vigilant and to prepare their homes for any impacts of flooding in these low-lying areas.

"The Warrego Highway at Charles Drew Bridge is likely to close and there are multiple roads already impacted around the region.

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"One of the challenges we see coming our way while the creek is at levels it is at the moment, we do have the potential over the next couple of days for more rain and with the catchment already quite saturated that impact could be substantial.

"We've got cloudy but clear weather at the moment.

"It's strange to say after such a long time of drought [but] we do hope it stops raining and some of this floodwater can get away and protect our residents."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/queensland-weather-dalby-hit-by-flooding-rain-darling-downs/beec6981-4188-4255-9b0c-94c4a56ebf31

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