Monsoon rains cause floods in Queensland

The landslide caused a retaining wall to collapse on Stanley Street Townsville. Source Ben Downie/7NewsMore

The landslide caused a retaining wall to collapse on Stanley Street Townsville. Source Ben Downie/7NewsMore

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts the monsoon system to continue over the next four days.

It also quoted Townsville disaster coordinator Steve Munro as saying around 400 to 500 of the city's 82,000 homes were now affected by flooding.

The multi-agency TLDMG chose to further open the spillway gates this morning to reduce the risk of significant downstream flooding if further rain occurs at the dam catchment over coming days.

More rain has been forecast across the weekend, with some areas likely to receive up to 400mm a day, as the overly active monsoon trough remains nearly stationary.

"This concentration of this monsoonal trough that is sitting now over Townsville does mean that it's basically not just a one-in-20 year event, it's a one-in-100 year event", Ms Palaszczuk said.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is meeting with disaster managers in Brisbane on Sunday morning and will update the media about the crisis.

The Bureau of Meteorology late Sunday issued a "major flood warning", announcing that spillway gates at the Ross River dam had been opened to their maximum setting and a rapid rise in the water level was predicted to follow. Schools and courts remain closed, more rain and high winds are on the way and emergency warnings still in effect for more than a dozen rivers.

Townsville City Council has advised intense rain may cause fast-moving and rapidly-rising water levels in these areas and lead to flash flooding.

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The region receives an average of about 2,000 millimetres (6.5 feet) of rain annually but some towns were already on track to pass that.

"I've never seen anything like this", Townsville resident Chris Brookehouse told national broadcaster ABC, adding that his house was flooded with water more than one meter deep.

"You just can't believe how much water has come down from the Ross River", he said. Downstairs is gone, the fridge and freezer are floating.

The flooding has begun to spread inland to drought stricken western Queensland where grazier Cameron Kennedy said a week ago he was desperately praying for rain - now he wants is for it to stop.

Authorities have said the integrity of the dam is not in question.

"What we're trying to do is to get ahead of the system, so we reduce the risk of any further flooding in the city - but that's not guaranteed", she told reporters on Friday.

Mr Arnold said that while the last few days had produced favourable conditions for battling the blazes, communities in part of the state were still under threat as expected hot and dry weather could see bushfires escalate again.

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