Southern river systems begin to flood

Moderate flooding forecast along Condamine River to Warwick

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The Bureau of Meteorology has warned Warwick could reach moderate flood levels tonight as isolated storms move through the region.

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Warwick resident Belinda Williams inspecting the rising Condamine River on Tuesday afternoon.

Warwick resident Belinda Williams inspecting the rising Condamine River on Tuesday afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned Warwick could reach moderate flood levels tonight as isolated storms move through the region.

A storm warning was issued for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt on Tuesday afternoon, following gentle, soaking rain in the region.

BoM meteorologist James Thompson said there was a moderate flood warning in place for the Condamine River and a minor warning for the Balonne.

"It will be more isolated than what we saw yesterday but we're looking at isolated and scattered storms moving through tonight," he said.

"They could produce damaging wind gusts and heavy rainfall again."

When Queensland Country Life spoke to Mr Thompson on Tuesday evening, he said Warwick had received 96mm by 9am and a further 33mm throughout the day.

Warwick resident Belinda Williams said the rain had filled her rainwater tanks and she was monitoring the river.

"I understand the the local retailers are preparing to lift stock from shelves onto higher ground," Ms Williams said.

"This rain has been godsend."

The rain has been a constant since the new year, according to Killarney grazier Peter Lindores, who has owned Melrose Station for the past 20 years.

Mr Lindores lives 15 kilometres from the headquarters of the Condamine River, which starts at Queen Mary Falls and said they have received 300 millimetres in 2021.

"Over the past two weeks we have received at least 50mm each week, which has been fantastic," he said.

"We have been in drought for nearly four years and this is fantastic as the Condamine River system has been completely dry for the past 12 months."

Mr Lindores said he has 11km of the Condamine River flowing through Melrose Station, including double frontage country.

"The Condamine River broke its banks about 3km from the homestead due to debris and the lack of government regulations, unfortunately," he said.

"This rain will get us through now for a couple of years and help us get some trees to revive and put nitrogen back in the soil.

"We are obviously happy to see the Condamine flushed and on the way to South Australia, as both the wildlife and us are all dependent on this river system."

BoM reported Stanthorpe had recorded 95mm by 9am Tuesday and 96mm had fallen at Texas.

Further west, the Goondiwindi Airport also recorded 96mm and 150mm at Moree.

Minor flood warnings have also been issued for Texas, Boggabillia and Goondiwindi.

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