Residents in parts of Queensland have been warned to save water now after a treatment plant was flooded with muddy floods.
Residents in parts of southeastern Queensland were warned to save water after the local treatment plant was hit by the latest floods.
The muddy flooding has inundated the Mt Crosby plant, which means it is taking longer to treat the water and is impacting capacity.
Southeast Queensland Water has urged locals to reduce their water supply in the coming days. But they say the water is still drinkable and there is no need to boil it.
“This extreme climate has impacted Mt Crosby water treatment plants temporarily operating at reduced capacity,” the company said in a statement.
“This is the result of alluvial waters that drag soil and debris into streams and waterways, which flow into treatment plants.
“This is just a precaution. Any reduction in water consumption in the next couple of days will be of great help in managing the water supply during this meteorological event. “
The urgent warning came Saturday night as residents were left to rake in the mess of the state’s latest flood event.
The Gympie and Scenic Rim regions were among the hardest hit by torrential rains that left a trail of disaster.
Dozens of flood warnings remained in effect Sunday, while a sea wind warning was also issued.
Surf and swell conditions are expected to be “dangerous” and people have been warned against rock fishing, boating and swimming on Fraser Island, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.
On Saturday it was feared that the Mary River could peak 15 meters after rising more than 12 meters on Friday, triggering urgent flood warnings for surrounding areas as rain continued to hit the regions.
A major flood warning for the Mary River in Tiaro and a moderate flood warning for the river in Gympie remain in place.
The Bruce Highway has been closed in both directions in Gympie with detours in place and emergency services warning of delays for motorists.
Queensland Minister of Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan announced disaster relief assistance for 12 local government areas suffering from the flood event on Saturday.
Personal disaster assistance will be available to residents of the Lockyer Valley and Southern Downs to cover the costs of immediate essential needs such as food, temporary shelter, clothing and medicine.
Additionally, LGAs in Brisbane, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Gympie, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, North Burnett, South Burnett, Southern Downs and Toowoomba will have access to disaster relief assistance to cover costs of the immediate cleaning efforts.
Rainfall is projected to decrease across Queensland on Sunday with a maximum of 28 ° C and sunny skies expected in Gympie over the next two days before more rain is expected further down the water.
Meanwhile, much of southeastern Queensland received more than 100mm on Thursdays and Fridays
The largest recording was 290mm, which fell on Wilsons Peak, 80km west of the Gold Coast.
– with Lauren Ferri
Originally published as Queensland residents warned to conserve water after flooding at the undated Mount Crosby plant