New flood alerts have been issued for NSW and Queensland less than two weeks after parts of NSW was ravaged by once in a generation flooding.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued an updated food watch for the NSW Northern Rivers this morning, warning minor flooding could occur from Easter Monday.
Queensland has also been issued with a flood watch warning for a large portion of the state, from central Qld to the NSW border, and inland.
Heavy rainfall is forecast to hit already soaked parts of NSW around the Tweed, Brunswick and Wilson Rivers in the state’s north, and could cause further flooding.
“Heavy rainfall associated with a deepening low pressure trough off the northern coast has the potential to cause minor flooding in parts of the Northern Rivers early next week,” the BOM warned.
“The catchments likely to be impacted are saturated from recent rainfall, which increases the risk of flooding.
“Localised flooding and disruption to some transport routes are possible.”
The warning comes just 11 days after residents in Freemans Reach in the Hawkesbury, were allowed to return to their homes after the area was hit by heavy flooding.
Flood watch issued for Queensland
In Queensland parts of the state have also been put on alert for possible flooding over the remainder of the Easter break.
A wide area between St Lawrence in central Queensland extending south to the NSW border, and extending inland to the Darling Downs have been warning of possible flooding from Sunday evening.
“A deepening trough along the Queensland coast is likely to bring heavy rainfall to the Flood Watch area from Sunday and continuing into Monday,” the BOM said on Saturday.
“The heaviest falls are likely to occur north of Fraser Island initially, extending southward to the Queensland — NSW border by Monday.”
Catchments in the Sunshine Coast are drier and won’t be as fast to respond to heavy falls, however catchments further south are already saturated and will be more vulnerable to flooding.
The BOM warned minor to moderate flooding could occur from tomorrow evening.
“Minor to moderate flooding is possible in the Flood Watch area from late Sunday into Monday. Isolated major flooding is possible,” the BOM said.
Flood watch issued for the following Qld catchments
Dawson and Don Rivers
Burrum and Cherwell Rivers
Sunshine Coast Rivers and Creeks
Pine and Caboolture Rivers
Upper Brisbane River
Lower Brisbane River (Specifically the Bremer River and Lockyer, Laidley, Warrill and Brisbane Creeks)
Logan and Albert Rivers
Gold Coast Rivers and Creeks
Condamine Rivers (specifically southern and far eastern parts)