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Severe weather: Heavy rainfall impacting roads

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A photo taken by a staff member of the Grand Hotel Childers shows flooding impacting areas between Biggenden and Childers.

Residents are being urged to keep off the roads as intense rainfall and flooding impacts the region.

A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for areas including Childers, Gin Gin and surrounds.

Intense rainfall which may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding also occurred between Paradise Dam and Mt Kanigan during the night.

Further rain is continuing in the area and rain rates may reach intense at times during the morning.

Locations which may be affected include areas south of Gin Gin to Mt Kanigan.

The Bruce Highway at Apple Tree Creek is currently closed due to flooding, as well as Goodwood Road in Kinkuna.

Rosedale Road is also reportedly flooded past the Yandaran intersection.

Rainfall is likely to impact many more local roads and residents are encouraged to stay home and delay travel.

Pam Corliss from Grand Hotel Childers said they had reduced operating hours today due to staff not being able to attend work due to flooded roads.

“We did get a lot of rain, and I understand we are due for some more,” she said.

“We are okay in Childers, but I’ve heard Apple Tree Creek got the worst of it.

“Our hours are reduced because we have a lot of staff who can’t get in; one lives in Biggenden and the road is cut.”

Bundaberg Regional Council has advised the Childers, South Kolan and Tirroan Waste Facilities will be closed today due to extreme weather.

According to BOM, the heavy rainfall is being caused by slow moving subtropical low located over the Wide Bay and Burnett.

The low is expected to weaken during the morning with rain easing during the day.

Keep up to date with the latest weather warnings here.

To check flood impacts of roads throughout the state, click here.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

To keep up to date head to the Disaster Dashboard: http://disaster.bundaberg.qld.gov.au

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  1. More is coming heaps of rain over Gladstone & north it will head this way in the next few days.

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