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Flood experts on alert with more rain on the way

October 21, 2022 9:52 am in by

Flood experts are closely watching the levels of rivers in the Ipswich region with heavy rain expected over the next few days.

While Ipswich has received just sprinkle in the past 24 hours, the Bureau of Meteorology expects that to increase to heavy rain by this afternoon, when thunderstorms sweep across south east Queensland and the Darling Downs.

Forecaster Helen Reid says a low pressure system tracking slowly eastward will bring widespread showers and the risk of severe thunderstorms to much of Queensland.

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“As we see thunderstorm movement coming through this afternoon, some places [around the Ipswich area] will be picking up around 30 to 40 millimetres.”

According to the BOM website, Toowoomba can expect a 100 per cent chance of rain with up to 30millimetres, and Ipswich has the same chance of rain and can expect up to 40millimetres.

While there are no flood warnings issued for Ipswich at the moment, Ms Reid says, the flood team is monitoring levels as many catchment areas remain relatively wet from earlier flooding.

“We don’t currently have any problems with the rivers in the region, but with so much rain expected, we are watching those river levels closely.”

Ms Reid says Ipswich and the Darling Downs can expect a wet weekend and early start to next week, before the skies begin to clear from about Tuesday.

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