Residents still on edge as flood risk eases
UPDATE: A hesitant sigh of relief washed over Laidley as the likelihood of two major floods in the space of a month ebbed away.
Sandbag piles still lined the main street today as business owners prepared for churning flood waters that never arrived.
However, even a cancelled emergency warning could not put residents' minds at ease.
News of more approaching rain had residents on edge.
Laidley Hire and Farm Supplies owner Paul Boody has been living with the effects of January's floods on a daily basis.
He has still not reopened his business, nor received an insurance pay-out, despite his shop being submerged under five feet of dirty water.
"We can't get stock until the doors are repaired - we don't even have any fences," Mr Boody said.
"I haven't even been able to get the bobcat in to do repairs because it's been too wet."
Mr Boody and friend Bruce Clark, helping with the clean-up, were keeping their senses of humour intact.
They planted an Australian flag in a washed-up toilet out the front of the store - a metaphor, they said, for the country's current state of affairs.
"You've got to laugh," Mr Clark said.
"There are plenty of people worse off than us."
An evacuation centre was set up at the Laidley State High School on Monday night as residents in low-lying areas were asked to seek shelter.
The nine evacuees who spent the night were back at home today.
Elders Real Estate Laidley owner Darryl Muckert was relieved his business had escaped flooding this time around, after going underwater a month ago and in 2011.
"We're all back on our feet, but everyone gets a bit panicky when it starts raining again," he said.
"At this stage it is all rosy."
Laidley businesses prepare for worst
EARLIER: The cancellation of emergency alerts for the Lockyer Valley has not stopped Laidley businesses from taking extra precautions against flooding.
The alert's 8.33am lifting came as good news for staff at Spicer St car yard Buhse Motors, but memories of inundation from less than amonth ago were still fresh in their minds.
Service manager Jim Reid said the business lost 13 cars and received a foot of water throughout the shop during January's flood.
"The water hasn't gone over the bridges in town yet and it looks like receding," Mr Reid said.
"But it all depends how much more rain there is (and) what happens upstream.
"At this stage, we're just watching the levels very carefully.
"If (the water) starts to rise again, we'll move the cars and get all our staff home before the roads are blocked.
"We're very well practised."
Creek updates issued at 8.30am today:
Lockyer Creek: Creek levels continue to ease along Lockyer Creek through to Gatton, with minor flood levels also easing along Sandy Creek. Minor flood levels are nearing a peak downstream at Glenore Grove during Tuesday morning.
Laidley Creek: Renewed rises are occurring in Laidley Creek during Tuesday morning, with minor flood levels rising at Mulgowie and major flood levels rising at Showground Weir.
Bremer River and Warrill Creek: Major flood levels remain at a peak at Spressers Bridge, with moderate flood levels expected downstream through to Walloon during Tuesday morning.
River levels in the Lower Bremer River at Ipswich are expected to peak around the minor flood level (7.0 metres) during Tuesday afternoon.
Moderate flood levels are easing along Warrill Creek at Harrisville, with a peak expected at Amberley during Tuesday morning.
EARLIER: The emergency alert for the Lockyer Valley has been cancelled as creek levels begin to drop.
Laidley residents were on watch last night as reports of possible flooding and calls for self-evacuation of residents came to light.
Emergency services cancelled the alert at 8.33am but have warned residents to remain vigilant.
Rain is expected to continue in Laidley for the next week, with showers turning to possible thunderstorms by Friday.
Lockyer Valley road closures (at 7.58am)
- Back Flagstone Road Helidon
- Blanchview Road Blanchview
- Bonnell Road Thornton
- Brightview Road Brightview
- East Haldon Road East Haldon
- Edward Street Laidley
- Fifteen Mile Road Fifteen Mile
- Flagstone Creek Road Carpendale
- Forest Hill Fernvale Road, Glenore Grove
- Gattonesk Road Adare
- Gattonlaidley Road Forest Hill
- Granthamwinwill Road Grantham
- Harm Drive Glenore Grove
- Heise Road Hatton Vale
- Lefthand Branch Road Lefthand Branch
- Lockyer Siding Road Helidon
- Lorikeet Road Regency Downs
- Lower Tenthill Road Lower Tenthill
- Mount Berryman Road Blenheim
- Mulgowie Road Laidley
- Napier Street Laidley
- Old Laidleyforest Hill Road Forest Hill
- Penfolds Road Murphys Creek
- Peters Road Thornton
- Redbank Creek Road Adare
- Roches Road Withcott
- Rosewoodlaidley Road Laidley South
- Sippel Road Blenheim
- Smithfield Road Gatton
- Thornton School Road Thornton
- Upper Tenthill School Road Upper Tenthill
- Woodlands Road Woodlands
- Woolshed Creek Road Hatton Vale
EARLIER: Flooding is expected in the Laidley Ck area late tonight or early hours of tomorrow morning.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council is advising residents in low lying areas of the Laidley township to self evacuate to the Laidley High School, where an evacuation has been set up.
"If residents are self evacuating, remember to bring an evacuation kit including any baby food (formula), medications, spare clothes and food/water etc," a Lockyer Valley Regional Council spokeswoman said.
"Door knocking has already commenced to warn people in low lying streets of Laidley.
"Please advise others who may not have internet access."
For more information call council's call centre number on 1300 005 872.
Lockyer Valley nerves on edge as deluge continues
EARLIER: Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones said the region was prepared for any emergency situation arising from the second big wet within a month.
Cr Jones said the deluge experienced across the region today had residents on tenterhooks.
"Whenever it rains heavily across the region, people start to get very jittery," Cr Jones said.
"There is no doubt we will experience some flooding again this time around.
"To what extent, only time will tell," he said.
The Lockyer Valley Regional Council disaster management centre has been activated.
There are reports of staff and students from schools and businesses in the Lockyer Valley being sent home as creeks continue to rise.
Last month, ex-tropical cyclone Oswald dumped more than 1200 millimetres of rain across parts of the region over the Australia Day long weekend.
As a result, floodwater caused extensive damage to infrastructure, businesses, homes and agricultural land in the region with the recovery bill expected to reach $750 million.
The areas around Laidley and Mount Sylvia were the worst affected.
Cr Jones said people needed to remain cautious during any weather event.
"The events of 2011 and again last month are still very fresh in people's minds," he said.
"There is still a lot of damage from last month's flood event and people need to be extremely careful.
"With this amount of rain about, damage to areas already affected by last month's flooding could be further threatened."