Parts of Queensland remain at risk of flooding as ex-cyclone Kirrily moves across the state’s northern interior, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned.
Heavy rain fell overnight Saturday-Sunday in the Lockyer Valley west of Brisbane, the Central Highlands and northwest Queensland, with the bureau issuing flood warnings for numerous rivers.
“Through the rest of this weekend we expect to see showers and storms continuing through central and southeastern Queensland, as well as northeast NSW,” meteorologist Miriam Bradbury said.
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Severe thunderstorm warnings are expected to be issued throughout Sunday, with heavy rainfall forecast and the possibility of damaging winds.
Kirrily followed the destructive tropical cyclone Jasper in lashing the state’s far north in December, bringing heavy rain, widespread isolation and major flooding.
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Disaster assistance has been extended to cyclone-affected residents in northern Queensland where tens of thousands of customers remain without power.
Personal hardship assistance grants have been offered to residents of the Townsville and Burdekin shires after Kirrily smashed the coast last week.
It comes as more than 23,000 customers remain without electricity on Sunday afternoon, according to Ergon Energy, with crews working to restore power. About 66,000 customers were without power at the peak of the cyclone’s crossing.
Grants of up to $180 for individuals and $900 for families of five or more were announced on Saturday night, via the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements jointly funded by the federal and Queensland governments.
Parts of Queensland remain at risk of rain and flooding as ex-cyclone Kirrily moves across the state’s northern interior, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned. Credit: AAP
Queensland Premier Steven Miles on Saturday said power outages were also affecting phone networks and water supply for about 10,000 households and urged those affected to continue conserving water.
WA flood warning
Meanwhile, in Western Australia, heavy rain is threatening residents along the Fitzroy River in the west Kimberley region.
River levels are rising at Willare, where minor flooding is possible from Tuesday, according to the bureau.
River levels could reach 8m by early next week, potentially affecting several small communities but sparing the town of Fitzroy Crossing.
Close to 40 homes and 40 businesses were destroyed across the Kimberley in devastating floods in 2023. Flooding also caused significant damage to infrastructure and the Great Northern Highway, including a major bridge at Fitzroy Crossing.