Flood risk follows in Cyclone Debbie wake

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Flood risk follows in Cyclone Debbie wake
Queensland continues to be battered by extreme weather in the wake of Cyclone Debbie as heavy rains have caused flash flooding in parts of the state.

As Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie continues to move south east, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has issued a spate of flood warnings for coastal areas between Gladstone in Queensland and Bellingen in northern New South Wales.

The flood warnings also extend inland to parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Maranoa and Warrego, the Darling Downs and Granite Belt forecast districts, as well as the far northern New South Wales ranges.

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Yesterday, Arthur J Gallagher announced that it had closed its branches in Brisbane’s CBD, Toowong and Beenleigh for safety reasons as parts of the state saw in excess of 500mm of rainfall in a matter of hours.

While the heavy rain subsided overnight, strong winds were expected to persist throughout Friday, with New South Wales set for the next downpour.

Jane Golding, New South Wales weather services manager, said that heavy rainfall and high winds are expected in the region throughout Friday.

“A flood watch has been issued for numerous north-eastern NSW rivers. A severe weather warning has been issued for rain and wind,” Golding said.

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan announced further disaster recovery assistance for parts of Queensland via the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

The additional assistance has been extended to Mackay and Whitsunday to provide “personal hardship and distress assistance for families and individuals,” Kennan said.

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