Residents in some areas of south-east Queensland are being warned to prepare for the evacuation as floods are expected to flood businesses and homes in already saturated areas.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that the weather system that was to be cleared will actually pour more rain over the Gympie and Scenic-Rome regions.
Emergency alerts were issued to residents of the area on Friday when heavy rains flooded and already overcrowded watersheds.
Several warnings are in effect for Cressbrook Creek, Scenic Rim and Gympie on Saturday.
There are fears that the Mary River peak could reach 15 meters after rising to more than 12 meters on Friday, prompting urgent flood warnings for surrounding areas as rain continued to hit regions overnight.
The severe flood warning remains in effect for the Mary River in Tiaro and a moderate flood warning for the Jimpy River.
BOM said the river level in Gympie is rising and is expected to remain above moderate flooding overnight on Saturday.
“Peak levels are expected on Saturday night,” BOM said.
Bruce Highway has been closed in both directions with sabotage, and emergency services are warning of delays for motorists.
The list of emergency warnings continues to grow, with reports of severe floods, severe floods and dangerous surfing in several areas.
“The main flood warnings are the Condamine, Logan and Bremer rivers, as well as the Waril, Laidley and Locker Creeks,” BOM said.
“The Condamine, Logan and Bremer rivers peaked above major levels on Friday, and flood levels are expected to drop to moderate on Saturday.”
Minor flooding is also occurring in lower Brisbane, which peaks is expected to reach small flood levels of 1.7 meters on Saturday and Sunday.
Rainfall is expected to decrease in Queensland on Saturday as light to moderate showers continue throughout the weekend, the bureau said.
Isolated thunderstorms are also possible.
“Communities in south-east Queensland can expect 5-20mm of rainfall by the end of Saturday, with isolated 20-50mm rainfall. On Sunday, the amount of precipitation decreased to 5-10 mm, 10-20 mm fell separately, ”the statement reads.
“Because of the abundant watersheds across the state, any further rainfall could increase the rise of streams and rivers.”
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Coordinator James Hague said there were 14 survivors of floods across the state overnight.
“We have had more than 120 SES appeals from north Brisbane, mostly but actually from all over the south-east,” he said Saturday.
“So still very busy.”
In addition, during the night the staff of the State Emergency Service responded to 120 appeals for help.
More than 500 roads are closed across the state as heavy rain moves north toward the Sunny Coast.
BOM warns communities in the hinterland of the Sunny Coast to stay alert in case of heavy rainfall.
Meanwhile, Lokaer Valley residents began cleaning up after a “soul-destroying” flood left hundreds of homes under water.
On Thursday and Friday much of southeastern Queensland received more than 100 mm
The largest record was 290 mm, which fell on Wilson Peak, 80 km west of the Gold Coast.