27 Dec 2010

Southern Queensland towns hit by flooding

6:30 pm on 27 December 2010

Several southern Queensland towns have been hit by flooding as heavy rain continues to fall across large parts of the state.

Residents of inland Chinchilla are bracing for their worst flood in more than a century. The Dawson River has reached nearly 14 metres, with more water expected to flow into the town over the coming days.

The water level at Charleys Creek in Chinchilla rose steadily throughout Monday morning, the ABC reports, and the town is now isolated, with the Warrego Highway cut to the east and west.

Dozens of businesses are closed and homes have been evacuated.

Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton had heavy falls in the past 24 hours, while the town of Theodore, west of Bundaberg, remains isolated.