A body has been found in a submerged car after flooding and heavy rain hit South West Queensland.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the 60-year-old was found in the vehicle at Skyring Creek near Cooroy on the Sunshine Coast just after 8 a.m. Wednesday.
“It is indeed a tragedy at this particular time,” she told parliament.
Swiftwater rescue teams had carried out 23 rescues in the Sunshine Coast and Gympie areas as of 9am on Wednesday after 12 hours of heavy rain.
Ms Palaszczuk four more bailouts were in the works as she addressed state parliament.
“Some rescues are underway due to difficult and dangerous conditions,” she said.
Meanwhile, a train derailed at Taveston northeast of Noosa amid the deluge on Wednesday.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service has sent emergency alerts to residents of Gympie, Noosa and Sunshine Coast local government areas, warning of flash flooding.
“Residents are advised that roads and bridges may be affected,” the alerts read.
Queensland Rail said buses were replacing trains on the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday morning due to bad weather and after a freight train derailed between Traveston and Cooran at around 3.20am.
QR’s acting general manager Scott Riedel said the driver, who was the only person on board, was shaken but not injured.
“Queensland Rail will work with relevant parties to investigate the incident,” Mr Riedel told AAP in a statement.
“We thank customers for their patience as we work to recover the site, assess and repair damage, and monitor weather impacts before allowing services to resume safely.”
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a general flood warning for southeast Queensland after rainfall of 100mm to 408mm was recorded in some areas.
The hardest hit areas were the southeast coast and the Wide Bay-Burnett area, including the Mary River where major flooding earlier this year killed three people and damaged dozens of homes and businesses.
The BoM has also issued a widespread flood alert for Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba and the Darling Downs as heavy rain continues.
Prime Minister Palaszczuk said up to a month of rain could fall in some areas on Wednesday and Thursday.
“As many catchments are now saturated, there is an increased risk of dangerous and life-threatening flash floods over the next few days,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Burnett, Burrum and Cherwell, Mary, Noosa, Pine, Caboolture, Brisbane, Logan and Albert, Condamine rivers are expected to burst their banks, as well as rivers and streams on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
Seqwater says emergency flood releases from Somerset and North Pine dams are possible within the next 48 hours.
Five dams are already discharging, including the Leslie Harrison, Lake Macdonald (Six Mile Creek), Poona, Ewen Maddock, Cooloolabin dams.
The operator said outflows from Baroon Pocket, Cedar Pocket and Wappa dams have also increased.
“If you are downstream of dams, stay away from fast moving or deep water near streams and floodplains,” Seqwater said in a statement.
Australian Associated Press