Flooded Central Queensland Set For Rain Reprieve
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Central Queensland and Wide Bay residents threatened by rising floodwaters are set for a reprieve with rain to ease across the regions.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast more showers across the Queensland coastline on Thursday but the biggest falls will be in the far north of the state.
Residents of Lowmead and Baffle Creek were forced to leave their properties on Wednesday, while the towns of 1770 and Agnes Water were cut off by floodwaters.
Up to 14 Queensland schools and seven child care centres were also closed due to flooding.
Gladstone Regional Council deputy mayor Chris Trevor said forced evacuations had not taken place but some people had chosen to leave their homes.
With 250-500mm falling in the region over the previous 48 hours to Wednesday afternoon, the BoM has put out a major flood warning for the Kolan River and Baffle Creek with waters to peak late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.
But the flood peaks are expected to remain below 2013 record levels and the weather should bring a reprieve to locals.
"The rains should be easing and moving north," bureau forecaster Annabelle Ford told AAP.
"The upper low system responsible (for the high rainfall) should be weakening overnight and the surface trough enhancing it is moving north."
The highest rainfall on Wednesday occurred near Ingham, south of Cairns, which recorded 191mm, while the central Queensland areas received between 50 and 90mm.
Queensland's southeast should see a break in the rain on Thursday and even witness sunshine in the afternoon and on Friday.
But the rain will return on the weekend, according to the bureau.