A desperate evacuation was ordered after a dam failed in southern Queensland and threatened communities that live downstream.
The 3.5 meter hole in the Bolzan Quarry Dam was noticed by a resident on Friday afternoon and emergency repairs could not solve the problem.
Residents in 250 homes in low-lying parts of Talgai were instructed to evacuate immediately via 5,000 text messages and messages on social media.
“The land is really flat, so the water just flows over that land and by the time it’s a little bit downstream, it’s gone,” Mayor Tracy Dobie, Southern Downs, told the Chronicle late Friday night.
A desperate evacuation was ordered after a dam failed in southern Queensland and threatened communities that live downstream
The 3.5 meter hole in the Bolzan Quarry Dam was noticed by a resident on Friday afternoon and emergency repairs could not solve the problem
“I have faith in the people who live there. This is their country, they know what is happening and they will do the right thing and know where to go. “
The mayor said an engineer will be sent Saturday to inspect the damage at first light.
Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms are expected to break through a severe heat wave that has gripped much of North Queensland.
Predictors say that sizzling conditions that have arisen everywhere in northern Longreach will peak on Saturday and decrease from Sunday, while the rest of the state gets much needed sunshine.
The temperatures in Townsville, Ayr and Woolshed were Friday well into the 1930s.
Days of rain showers in the southeastern corner have led to floods that are diminishing.
The Gold Coast recorded its highest monthly rainfall ever with around 566 mm in the first two weeks of the month. The previous monthly record was 490 mm in December 2010.
On Thursday, Gold Coast residents were urged to move to a higher area when a downpour blew away cars and flooded roads.
Depicted: emergency crews in Talgai while residents are told to evacuate
Residents in 250 homes in low-lying parts of Talgai were instructed to evacuate immediately via 5,000 text messages and social media messages
Pictured: the SMS residents in Talgai were sent on Friday evening
Images published on social media showed wild rapids on the road at Tamborine Mountain, with a wall of water that flooded stores.
Meanwhile, an investigation is underway into the missing woman Yang Chen, 26, who disappeared in the Gold Coast hinterland while hiking with a man near Gorge Falls in the Tallebudgera Valley.
Authorities are concerned because many creeks are still overflowing after the heavy rains last week.
Her disappearance comes when a nine-year-old boy has to be rescued after being sucked through a drain in the city on Wednesday.
The body of a man who had chewed on the Mary River on the Sunshine Coast was also discovered earlier this week.
The Bureau of Meteorology says there is an average chance of noon showers and thunderstorms for the area at the weekend, but nothing beats the flood that was seen earlier this week.
It is expected to warm up, with the city of Brisbane tipped to hit 32C.
Images posted on social media showed wild rapids along the road on Tamborine Mountain, with a wall of water that flooded stores
Dangerous surf that has attracted surfers and spectators to the Gold Coast would also sink on Friday night.
In Victoria, the fire-ravaged northeastern state of the state is expected to be hit by heavy thunderstorms on Saturday afternoons that may cause flooding.
The forecast comes after Friday storms in the east and southeast of Melbourne hit, causing flash floods, fallen trees, and power outages for thousands of people.
Parts of Gippsland and the La Trobe valley were also drenched by the storms from Friday afternoon.
The largest precipitation totals were in Thorpdale in Gippsland and Cardinia in southeastern Melbourne, both of which had been 63 mm before 9 pm.
Pictured: Bolzan Quarry Dam in southern Queensland on Saturday
The SES submitted 550 requests for help by 9.30 pm, of which 175 for floods, 156 for building damage and 180 for trees that had been knocked down.
Their busiest unit was in southeastern Narre Warren, handling 88 applications.
The circumstances caused havoc for the city’s energy networks. AusNet reported that around 12,000 of its customers were without power around 4 p.m.
That number dropped to 6,000 by 8:30 PM and the company hoped to have power again for all those customers by midnight.
PowerCor reported more than 9,000 non-power customers at 7 p.m., which dropped to 2,500 at 8:30 p.m.
The crews were planning to work all night to restore power to those who had lost it due to problems such as fallen trees and bark.
Wet conditions can persist around 9 am in Melbourne around Saturday, but are expected to weaken if they continue to move east.
The fire-ridden northeast of the state in Victoria is expected to be hit by heavy thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon, possibly resulting in flooding
Nonetheless, northeastern Victoria is expected to experience heavy thunderstorms on Saturday afternoons that can cause very heavy rainfall, large hail and harmful wind.
A thunderstorm warning from the Bureau of Meteorology remained in place for parts of Eastern Gippsland, the Mallee, Northern Land, and Northeast districts on Friday at 9:30 PM.
Rain in the northeast can help temper forest fires that are still burning in the region.
“I think there will be some help – it is still changeable, so no widespread rainfall, but it will generally help,” the Office of Meteorology predictor Michael Efron told AAP.
“However, heavy rainfall can be a cause for concern in the context of floods and landslides, only in view of the lack of education in those areas.”
FIVE DAY WEATHER FORECAST
SATURDAY: Max 27. Possible late shower.
SUNDAY: Min 20, Max 25. Shower or two.
MONDAY: Min 21, Max 26. Shower or two.
TUESDAY: Min 21, Max 28. Develop shower or two.
WEDNESDAY: Min 21, Max 28. Possible shower.
SATURDAY: Max 32. Partly cloudy.
SUNDAY: Min 23, Max 32. Partly cloudy.
MONDAY: Min 24, Max 31. Possible shower.
TUESDAY: Min 23, Max 31. Possible shower.
WEDNESDAY: Min 23, Max 32. Shower or two.
SATURDAY: Max 24. Cloudy.
SUNDAY: Min 15, Max 27. Cloud clearing.
MONDAY: Min 14, Max 30. Sunny.
TUESDAY: Min 17, Max 24. Partly cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 15, Max 24. Partly cloudy.
SATURDAY: Max 28. Humid. Half-cloudy.
SUNDAY: Min 18, Max 27. Partly cloudy.
MONDAY: Min 18, Max 32. Sunny.
TUESDAY: Min 18, Max 34. Mostly sunny.
WEDNESDAY: Min 23, Max 34. Partly cloudy.
SATURDAY: Max. 21. Showers. Possible early storm.
SUNDAY: Min 16, Max 25. Humid. Cloudy.
MONDAY: Min 15, Max 27. Humid. Half-cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 18, Max 24. Humid. Shower or two.
WEDNESDAY: Min 15, Max 20. Shower or two.
SATURDAY: Max 27, shower or two. Possible storm.
SUNDAY: Min 15, Max 23. Shower or two.
MONDAY: Min 15, Max 27. Shower or two.
TUESDAY: Min 16, Max 29. Develop shower or two.
WEDNESDAY: Min 14, Max 25. Partly Cloudy.
SATURDAY: Max 34. Partly cloudy.
SUNDAY: Min 29, Max 34. Partly cloudy.
MONDAY: Min 28, Max 34. Shower or two. Possible storm.
TUESDAY: Min 27, Max 34. Shower or two. Possible storm.
WEDNESDAY: Min 27, Max 33. Showers. Possible storm.
SATURDAY: Max 19. Showers, mainly morning.
SUNDAY: Min 13, Max 18. Cloudy.
MONDAY: Min 11, Max 21. Partly Cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 11, Max 21. Develop shower or two.
WEDNESDAY: Min 13, Max 17. Shower or two.
Source: Bureau of Meteorology